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MindField
01-22-2008, 06:20 PM
You better hit your spots in this Draft, because in two years you are going to see alot of these players start to wash out....really, there are very few 'Blue Chip' players available, and very little depth at virtually any positon.


Just compare the Draft where Dallas got DeMarcus Ware at #11 and the Chargers got Merriman at #12, and compare that to the options the Broncos have now....not even in the same Universe.

JoRo
01-22-2008, 06:23 PM
You better hit your spots in this Draft, because in two years you are going to see alot of these players start to wash out....really, there are very few 'Blue Chip' players available, and very little depth at virtually any positon.


Just compare the Draft where Dallas got DeMarcus Ware at #11 and the Chargers got Merriman at #12, and compare that to the options the Broncos have now....not even in the same Universe.

If you asked me it looks more like there is 10-11 really good players and then there is a LOT of depth.

so if we traded down we would be in good position.

It isnt looking like a really big STAR STUDDED draft but a very good solid player typa one.

MindField
01-22-2008, 06:29 PM
If you asked me it looks more like there is 10-11 really good players and then there is a LOT of depth.

so if we traded down we would be in good position.

It isnt looking like a really big STAR STUDDED draft but a very good solid player typa one.

I completely disagree...worst Draft I have seen since the Draft Alex Smith and Ronnie Brown were 1/2...

lancane
01-22-2008, 06:37 PM
You better hit your spots in this Draft, because in two years you are going to see alot of these players start to wash out....really, there are very few 'Blue Chip' players available, and very little depth at virtually any positon.


Just compare the Draft where Dallas got DeMarcus Ware at #11 and the Chargers got Merriman at #12, and compare that to the options the Broncos have now....not even in the same Universe.

You're both correct, and wrong in your evaluation. Fact is that it is weak in particular areas and weaker in others, yet strong in others - defensive end, offensive tackle, running backs and receivers are the strength of this years draft, next year will be the year of interior offensive linemen, defensive tackles, linebackers, quarterbacks and defensive backs. Look at the prospects for next year, it is easy to see that next years class would be the best to fill defensive needs, that is why this draft sucks for all those wanting defensive studs...there is likely to be five to six first round defensive tackles next year, safeties there will be three to four and same for corners, linebackers will be hellaciously deep and some stud interior offensive linemen will go in the top two, same for quarterbacks...this year there is no real impressive key quarterbacks that are just amazing!

Dream
01-22-2008, 06:55 PM
There was an average of 15-18 first round grades given by most teams last year regarding the crop, I'd be astonished if this class graded out worst. This class is great at LB, OT, RB, WR and DE. It's decent on the interior line, has some average safety depth. CB is a lot better than it was. Not a whole lot of elite guys, but a lot of top three round talent. This has a making to be a very good class. I'm not sure how you're getting this evaluation of it being poor.

It doesn't have the ELITE guys, but it's just a SOLID all around class.

JoRo
01-22-2008, 07:14 PM
There was an average of 15-18 first round grades given by most teams last year regarding the crop, I'd be astonished if this class graded out worst. This class is great at LB, OT, RB, WR and DE. It's decent on the interior line, has some average safety depth. CB is a lot better than it was. Not a whole lot of elite guys, but a lot of top three round talent. This has a making to be a very good class. I'm not sure how you're getting this evaluation of it being poor.

It doesn't have the ELITE guys, but it's just a SOLID all around class.

That is what I was trying to say. It doesn't look like there are as many Elite players but a lot of players that should fill in the top 3 rounds well.

Thanks Dream!

lancane
01-22-2008, 07:24 PM
There was an average of 15-18 first round grades given by most teams last year regarding the crop, I'd be astonished if this class graded out worst. This class is great at LB, OT, RB, WR and DE. It's decent on the interior line, has some average safety depth. CB is a lot better than it was. Not a whole lot of elite guys, but a lot of top three round talent. This has a making to be a very good class. I'm not sure how you're getting this evaluation of it being poor.

It doesn't have the ELITE guys, but it's just a SOLID all around class.

I would be willing to say it is balanced...but I can hands down say next years class of quarterbacks, linebackers (while this year is overall good), defensive tackles, safeties and interior linemen will have much more to offer near elite then this class...is that better? The only thing I can say is that next year has one very elite receiver in Crabtree, who will be a top five pick IMHO.

JoRo
01-22-2008, 07:27 PM
I would be willing to say it is balanced...but I can hands down say next years class of quarterbacks, linebackers (while this year is overall good), defensive tackles, safeties and interior linemen will have much more to offer near elite then this class...is that better? The only thing I can say is that next year has one very elite receiver in Crabtree, who will be a top five pick IMHO.

I think he will be hit by the system question (which is a legitimate question)

and while the linebackers in the next draft may have more elite... this one seems at least from here to have a LOT more depth which is fitting to what we want to do right now with that I would think.

and quarterbacks only pushes down other players for us... but from a year away this years qb class looked close to elite as it had so many possibly first rounders.


I still think 5 years down the road Henne will be a far superior qb to Ryan. Anyone wanna bet me on that?

lancane
01-22-2008, 07:34 PM
I think he will be hit by the system question (which is a legitimate question)

and while the linebackers in the next draft may have more elite... this one seems at least from here to have a LOT more depth which is fitting to what we want to do right now with that I would think.

and quarterbacks only pushes down other players for us... but from a year away this years qb class looked close to elite as it had so many possibly first rounders.


I still think 5 years down the road Henne will be a far superior qb to Ryan. Anyone wanna bet me on that?

I really would not mind if we drafted a halfback, linebacker, receiver, offensive tackle and possibly a safety on day two...then next year draft a defensive tackle, safety and another stud linebacker. I think if we did draft that way and continued to keep overall better drafting balance we would stay far more competitive then we have been.

And as for Henne and Ryan, I would not take that bet...I would not bet on any of this years quarterbacks to be anything more then generally sufficient.

MindField
01-22-2008, 07:34 PM
There was an average of 15-18 first round grades given by most teams last year regarding the crop, I'd be astonished if this class graded out worst. This class is great at LB, OT, RB, WR and DE. It's decent on the interior line, has some average safety depth. CB is a lot better than it was. Not a whole lot of elite guys, but a lot of top three round talent. This has a making to be a very good class. I'm not sure how you're getting this evaluation of it being poor.

It doesn't have the ELITE guys, but it's just a SOLID all around class.

See, I view the WR's in this Draft as Fools Gold. For instance, Limas Sweed in particular looks like an incredibly over-rated player, after his drops today and poor route running; he looks like a bust in waiting...I like Malcom Kelly, but then who else is there? DeSean Jackson is a bean pole, and I seriously doubt he could stand up to the pounding as both a receiver and return specialist, which is what he does best...and do players like Early Doucet and Donnie Avery excite you?

Overall, I would rate this WR class as poor.

Additionally, everyone seems to say the LB class is very good, but I don't see it...there isn't a legit Top 15 player among them, unless you include Keith Rivers, who, like Sweed, just sends up warning flags all around him as far as I am concerned. I like Connor, but he isn't going to be special in the NFL, probably just a very good supporting player....and I think Ali Highsmith is also a bust in waiting. Incredibly over-rated.

All in all, I woulds only give you OT's, RB's and maybe DE's, but that's all...there are alot of QB's, but most are just backup types....

BroncoKazuki
01-22-2008, 10:20 PM
I really would not mind if we drafted a halfback, linebacker, receiver, offensive tackle and possibly a safety on day two...then next year draft a defensive tackle, safety and another stud linebacker. I think if we did draft that way and continued to keep overall better drafting balance we would stay far more competitive then we have been.

And as for Henne and Ryan, I would not take that bet...I would not bet on any of this years quarterbacks to be anything more then generally sufficient.


2009 DT's next year will be monstrous. 13 top DT's in round projected in the 2009 where they may land. All Juniors (so round 3-4 DT's can be in round 2 or solid round 3's)

Any one of these DT's would be great to have on our team.

DT round 1 and 2 in 2009 (proj)
Fili Moala (USC)
Terrance Taylor (Michigan)
Demonte Bolden (Tennessee)
Jeff Owens (Georgia)
Myron Pryor (Kentucky)
Roy Miller (Texas)
Marlon Favorite (LSU)

DT round 3 and 4 in 2009 (proj)
Peria Jerry (Mississippi)
Vance Walker(Georgia tech)
George Hypolite (Colorado)
Terrill Byrd (Cincinnati)
Darryl Richard (Georgia Tech)
Jason Chapman (Wisconsin)

BroncoAV06
01-22-2008, 10:27 PM
See, I view the WR's in this Draft as Fools Gold. For instance, Limas Sweed in particular looks like an incredibly over-rated player, after his drops today and poor route running; he looks like a bust in waiting...I like Malcom Kelly, but then who else is there? DeSean Jackson is a bean pole, and I seriously doubt he could stand up to the pounding as both a receiver and return specialist, which is what he does best...and do players like Early Doucet and Donnie Avery excite you?

Overall, I would rate this WR class as poor.

Additionally, everyone seems to say the LB class is very good, but I don't see it...there isn't a legit Top 15 player among them, unless you include Keith Rivers, who, like Sweed, just sends up warning flags all around him as far as I am concerned. I like Connor, but he isn't going to be special in the NFL, probably just a very good supporting player....and I think Ali Highsmith is also a bust in waiting. Incredibly over-rated.

All in all, I woulds only give you OT's, RB's and maybe DE's, but that's all...there are alot of QB's, but most are just backup types....

I disagree on the LB comment. LB usually goes deep and that what it looks like this year. Just becuse there is not a Willis does not make this class bad. Paul Pozlesny, David Harris, Woodley, all examples from last year of 2nd round guys that produce and I think you will see the same this year. No excitment for Bowman, Hardy, Bennett, Mario, Bryant, Hall, Smith, to name a few? I will say it again, and agree with the guys above, might lack top end elite talent but there is depth to this class.

denver30
01-22-2008, 10:29 PM
I disagree on the LB comment. LB usually goes deep and that what it looks like this year. Just becuse there is not a Willis does not make this class bad. Paul Pozlesny, David Harris, Woodley, all examples from last year of 2nd round guys that produce and I think you will see the same this year. No excitment for Bowman, Hardy, Bennett, Mario, Bryant, Hall, Smith, to name a few? I will say it again, and agree with the guys above, might lack top end elite talent but there is depth to this class.

I agree, look at Jordan Dizon.

Mat'hir Uth Gan
01-22-2008, 10:44 PM
This is the deepest and most talented draft that I've ever seen. No disrespect towards anyone, just stating my honest to God opinion. I am literally floored with the amount of talent at seemingly every position that will be available into the 5th round.

I am finished with my complete and full 3 round mock and its amazing the players that are still on the board.

jrfernan
01-22-2008, 11:23 PM
You're both correct, and wrong in your evaluation. Fact is that it is weak in particular areas and weaker in others, yet strong in others - defensive end, offensive tackle, running backs and receivers are the strength of this years draft, next year will be the year of interior offensive linemen, defensive tackles, linebackers, quarterbacks and defensive backs.

That is PRECISELY why I've harped on about Ellis being the ONLY choice we have for DT this year. Beyond him, there ARENT' ANY DTs worth bringing into camp. Granted, we CAN wait until next year to draft a DT, and that's what some of you have proposed. But I don't agree with doing that.

Next year's draft may very well have MORE DTs that are OVERALL BETTER than this year's DT crop but that doesn't mean that one will be better than Ellis. I think Ellis is a RARE talent at DT.

As for RBs, the draft is PROBABLY one of the deepest in recent history. Don't be surprised if we see 3-5 rookie RBs go over the 1k yards mark this year.

Mile_High_Kiwi
01-22-2008, 11:31 PM
I am finished with my complete and full 3 round mock and its amazing the players that are still on the board.

Can we see it? :confused:;)

BroncoKazuki
01-22-2008, 11:42 PM
That is PRECISELY why I've harped on about Ellis being the ONLY choice we have for DT this year. Beyond him, there ARENT' ANY DTs worth bringing into camp. Granted, we CAN wait until next year to draft a DT, and that's what some of you have proposed. But I don't agree with doing that.

Next year's draft may very well have MORE DTs that are OVERALL BETTER than this year's DT crop but that doesn't mean that one will be better than Ellis. I think Ellis is a RARE talent at DT.

As for RBs, the draft is PROBABLY one of the deepest in recent history. Don't be surprised if we see 3-5 rookie RBs go over the 1k yards mark this year.


Lets say Ellis is gone, would you be willing to wait next year for a shot at a good DT

lets say some of the prospect in the 2009 DT's look pretty good too. would you champion either of these picks.

Fili Moala (USC)
Terrance Taylor (Michigan)
Demonte Bolden (Tennessee)
Jeff Owens (Georgia)
Myron Pryor (Kentucky)
Roy Miller (Texas)
Marlon Favorite (LSU)

Warhawk
01-22-2008, 11:52 PM
As others have pointed out, the draft is deep, not top heavy. Fixating on the first half of round 1 provides a pretty skewed perspective.

We should be happy that it's a deep draft in terms of talent, because this team needs help at a number of positions. We are *not* just one player away.

BroncoKazuki
01-22-2008, 11:59 PM
As others have pointed out, the draft is deep, not top heavy. Fixating on the first half of round 1 provides a pretty skewed perspective.

We should be happy that it's a deep draft in terms of talent, because this team needs help at a number of positions. We are *not* just one player away.

we are 5 players away for the offense to come back to top speed, RB/WR/OG/OT/C
[orange indicates we draft either this year or next]

we are 4 players away on Defense to make the Defense solid.
DT/ILB/OLB/S

we are a punter away for the special teams to be decent and Kick Returner.

so in all were 11 players away from fixing the team.

this year we fix RB/WR/OT grab a OLB and S

next year we draft DT/OG/C and ILB

MindField
01-24-2008, 03:10 PM
This is the deepest and most talented draft that I've ever seen. No disrespect towards anyone, just stating my honest to God opinion. I am literally floored with the amount of talent at seemingly every position that will be available into the 5th round.

I am finished with my complete and full 3 round mock and its amazing the players that are still on the board.

Deepest and most talented you have ever seen???!

I would love to have you list say the middle players at any position that you think will be good players still available in say the 3rd and 4th rounds, because I just don't see it...but I love the middle round projects, because the first two rounds are too easy. True scouting is done when you can find the Brandon marshall's, the Asante Samuels', the Ellis Hobbs', the Trent Cole's, etc...that where the men are separated from the boys in scouting.

What positions are deepest in your opinion, MUG?..and who are some of the players.

I will look forward to the read. Thx in advance.

Mat'hir Uth Gan
01-25-2008, 08:19 AM
Deepest and most talented you have ever seen???!

I would love to have you list say the middle players at any position that you think will be good players still available in say the 3rd and 4th rounds, because I just don't see it...but I love the middle round projects, because the first two rounds are too easy. True scouting is done when you can find the Brandon marshall's, the Asante Samuels', the Ellis Hobbs', the Trent Cole's, etc...that where the men are separated from the boys in scouting.

What positions are deepest in your opinion, MUG?..and who are some of the players.

I will look forward to the read. Thx in advance.


Going off of my 3 Round Mock, which I'm still tinkering with after the Senior Bowl Week...


3rd-5th Rounders with Extreme Talent:

QB
Andre Woodson
John David Booty
Dennis Dixon
Josh Johnson

RB
Steve Slaton
Kevin Smith
Ray Rice
Dantrell Savage
Mike Hart
Tashard Choice
Matt Forte
Allen Patrick
Cory Boyd

FB
Peyton Hillis
Owen Schmitt
Jerome Felton
Jacob Hester

WR
Earl Bennett
Keenon Burton
Harry Douglas
Andre Caldwell
Eddie Royal
Devone Bess
Dorien Bryant
Lavelle Hawkins
DJ Hall
Jordy Nelson
Kevin Robinson
Adrian Arrington
Dexter Jackson
Justin Harper

TE
Martin Rucker
Dustin Keller
Brad Cottam
Jarmicheal Finley
Craig Stevens

OT
Tony Hills
Duane Brown
Pedro Sosa
Kirk Barton
Chad Rinehart
Mike McGlynn

OG
Roy Schuening
John Greco
Brandon Albert
Robert Felton
Eric Young
Heath Benedict
Drew Radovich

OC
Mike Pollack
Steve Justice
John Sullivan
Kory Lichtensteiger
Adam Spieker




This is going to be an amazing draft. The above players all have elite calibur potential, or at worst, should be excellent starting players. Due to all the talent in this draft, the best of the Centers, Guards, and Full Backs are pushed into the 3rd round area barring the very top prospects. I only have Oneil Cousins, Carl Nicks, and Steve Justice going in the top 2 rounds and that might even change. Lots of top talent available here. My favorite guard is Greco, my favorite fullback is Hillis, and my favorite Cener is Pollack.

The Runningback crop is so deep due to the juniors that you're going to be able to get a late 2nd round talent in the 5th round. Someone like Matt Forte, Allen Patrick, or Cory Boyd. I think all of these guys will be successful pros. Tashard Choice could be the biggest steal.

And likewise for the WR crop. I was generous in leaving some WRs such as Limas Sweed and Early Doucet off the list because popular opinion has them in the first two rounds. I think both fall to the early 3rd largely due to durability issues and a ton of talent at the position. Earl Bennett will be a 3rd rounder which is borderline ridiculous with his talent and ability. He should be an early 2nd at worst in most drafts. I have Kevin Robinson in the 4th-5th round area and I think he could be the steal of the draft as a Slot WR and Return Ace. Regardless though, I only listed the WRs with a TON of talent that should go in this draft area. The WR crop is insanely deep and all of these guys are bargains in the mid rounds.

The TE crop is above average but not spectacular. But due to the draft being so deep at more dynamic positions, the good players are pushed down into the 3rd round at TE. With that said, I still have Carlson, Davis, and Bennett going off the board before the 3rd. And the remaining TEs, especially Rucker, should be solid starters. Jacob Tamme is a sleeper guy, but I didn't add him because I am not sure where he'll play, TE or FB.

At OT, I think all of the above guys could fit our scheme and excel. I purposely left out the bigger OT talents, such as Barry Richardson, because I'm thinking more towards our scheme here. Barton projects as a very good right tackle, Brown as a very good left tackle, and my sleeper of the bunch is Pedro Sosa whom is a very good left tackle in a zone blocking scheme. Maybe the best prospect for that scheme. He's a solid guard in other schemes.

And then the QB crop is ok. I have Woodson, whom is full of talent, falling due to being a Byron Leftwich clone. As a Jacksonville native, maybe I'm bias. I have Henne going in the early 2nd along with Flacco, so that prediction lessons the star power at QB in the mid rounds. I think John David Booty is a huge sleeper.



Now for defense.....

Mat'hir Uth Gan
01-25-2008, 09:06 AM
Again, I'm going with Extreme Talent and guys I feel are bargains or flat out steals in the mid rounds....


DE (and OLBs in the 3-4)
Bruce Davis
Darrell Robertson
Cliff Avril
Chris Harrington
Chase Ortiz
Tommy Blake
Wallace Gilberry

DT (and DEs in the 3-4)
Kendall Langford
Trevor Laws
Ahtyba Rubin
Letroy Guion
Derek Lokey

LBs (Inside and Out)
Tavares Gooden
Phillip Wheeler
Jordon Dizon
Geno Hayes
Vince Hall
Ezra Butler
Shawn Crable
Erin Henderson
J. Leman
Ben Moffitt
Jonathan Goff

CBs
Domonique Rodgers-Cromartie
DeJuan Tribble
Terrence Wheatley
Simeon Castille
Chevis Jackson
Jack Williams
Patrick Lee
Charles Godfrey
Trae Williams

S
DaJuan Morgan
Jonathan Heffney
Craig Steltz
Jamar Adams
Quintin Demps
Marcus Griffin
Thomas DeCoud
Tommy Zbikowski
DJ Parker
Jamie Silva
Josh Barrett

K/P
Durant Brooks (P)




I'd rate the DE class as below average. Definitely not deep. Most of the guys I listed are probably 3-4 OLBs. Tommy Blake is the sleeper if he can get his life straightened out. If not, Cliff Avril.

DT is pretty lackluster as well. Though, if you buy into alot of the D-line hype, it could be considered deep. I left quite a few guys off the list because I don't think they have elite talent (Fluellen, Pressley, Bryant) but they will go in this area of the draft. I also have Okam and Moore going in the late 2nd, but that could be wrong. I would put both guys on this list if they drop. Obviously, Okam would then be my sleeper. As it stands, I absolutely love the potential of the guys I listed. I would be thrilled with any of them. Laws, Guion, and Rubin could all sneak into the late 2nd though, so we'll see. I love the depth in the DT class into the 3rd round. After that...not at all. So it's a very very top heavy draft at DT.

The LB class is exceptional. There are going to be superstars drafted into the late 4th round, possibly 5th. I only listed the guys I think could be elite calibur. Some are pure MIKEs, some WILLs, some can play anywhere. There could also be a lot more LBs falling into this range, I could see Mayo and Highsmith falling to the early 3rd. Perhaps Beau Bell as well if his injury hampers him. I would love to get any of the guys listed. I think Moffitt is the biggest sleeper at MIKE. I like Dizon at WILL, especially in our scheme.

The secondary, especially at Safety, is as deep as I can remember. Talented CBs abound, especially elite nickel back types, but Safety is just amazing. All of the guys I listed have Pro Bowl capability and were extremely successful in college. You can get insane Safety talent into the 6th round this year as at least a few of these guys will fall due to the draft being so overly talented at the marquee positions. I love Demps. I love Silva. Both ballhawking Free Safeties. DeCoud should be a superstar at Strong Safety. The talent of Zbikowski is enticing as is Jamar Adams. I mean Holy Crap! This is easily the deepest Safety draft I've seen. There may or may not be that super blue chip prospect but there are a lot of excellent starters here.

And Durant Brooks as a Punter might be on our radar in the 4th round. He's as good as anyone as of late.



So, there you go. I listed the guys I think have elite calibur talent that should be available in the 3rd-4th round. I did not list all the players that are projected to be drafted there as I disagree with some analysis. And I'm sure there are some small school guys that will leap up after the Combine with intriguing talent and size/speed ratios.

Even barring any late comers, I think this is the deepest overall draft I've ever seen. I think RB, WR, and Safety are as deep as they've ever been, ever, and I think top notch talent will be available into the 5th round. I think CB, LB, OT, FB, OC, OG, and TE will have excellent depth with top notch talent available into the late 4th round, and I mean excellent, top ceiling talent. I think DT and QB should have extremely good talent available into the late 3rd before tailing off drastically. And I think DE has some good top level guys, but really dead ends around the mid-2nd round.

Mainly though, the influx of junior talent at RB and WR to ridiculous degrees really makes this draft. Those are the marquee positions, along with QB and LT, and really push down top players at other positions deeper into the draft.

Dream
01-25-2008, 09:11 AM
That's more players than I even watched this year on those two lists of bargains.

MindField
01-25-2008, 07:24 PM
Again, I'm going with Extreme Talent and guys I feel are bargains or flat out steals in the mid rounds....


DE (and OLBs in the 3-4)
Bruce Davis
Darrell Robertson
Cliff Avril
Chris Harrington
Chase Ortiz
Tommy Blake
Wallace Gilberry

DT (and DEs in the 3-4)
Kendall Langford
Trevor Laws
Ahtyba Rubin
Letroy Guion
Derek Lokey

LBs (Inside and Out)
Tavares Gooden
Phillip Wheeler
Jordon Dizon
Geno Hayes
Vince Hall
Ezra Butler
Shawn Crable
Erin Henderson
J. Leman
Ben Moffitt
Jonathan Goff

CBs
Domonique Rodgers-Cromartie
DeJuan Tribble
Terrence Wheatley
Simeon Castille
Chevis Jackson
Jack Williams
Patrick Lee
Charles Godfrey
Trae Williams

S
DaJuan Morgan
Jonathan Heffney
Craig Steltz
Jamar Adams
Quintin Demps
Marcus Griffin
Thomas DeCoud
Tommy Zbikowski
DJ Parker
Jamie Silva
Josh Barrett

K/P
Durant Brooks (P)




I'd rate the DE class as below average. Definitely not deep. Most of the guys I listed are probably 3-4 OLBs. Tommy Blake is the sleeper if he can get his life straightened out. If not, Cliff Avril.

DT is pretty lackluster as well. Though, if you buy into alot of the D-line hype, it could be considered deep. I left quite a few guys off the list because I don't think they have elite talent (Fluellen, Pressley, Bryant) but they will go in this area of the draft. I also have Okam and Moore going in the late 2nd, but that could be wrong. I would put both guys on this list if they drop. Obviously, Okam would then be my sleeper. As it stands, I absolutely love the potential of the guys I listed. I would be thrilled with any of them. Laws, Guion, and Rubin could all sneak into the late 2nd though, so we'll see. I love the depth in the DT class into the 3rd round. After that...not at all. So it's a very very top heavy draft at DT.

The LB class is exceptional. There are going to be superstars drafted into the late 4th round, possibly 5th. I only listed the guys I think could be elite calibur. Some are pure MIKEs, some WILLs, some can play anywhere. There could also be a lot more LBs falling into this range, I could see Mayo and Highsmith falling to the early 3rd. Perhaps Beau Bell as well if his injury hampers him. I would love to get any of the guys listed. I think Moffitt is the biggest sleeper at MIKE. I like Dizon at WILL, especially in our scheme.

The secondary, especially at Safety, is as deep as I can remember. Talented CBs abound, especially elite nickel back types, but Safety is just amazing. All of the guys I listed have Pro Bowl capability and were extremely successful in college. You can get insane Safety talent into the 6th round this year as at least a few of these guys will fall due to the draft being so overly talented at the marquee positions. I love Demps. I love Silva. Both ballhawking Free Safeties. DeCoud should be a superstar at Strong Safety. The talent of Zbikowski is enticing as is Jamar Adams. I mean Holy Crap! This is easily the deepest Safety draft I've seen. There may or may not be that super blue chip prospect but there are a lot of excellent starters here.

And Durant Brooks as a Punter might be on our radar in the 4th round. He's as good as anyone as of late.



So, there you go. I listed the guys I think have elite calibur talent that should be available in the 3rd-4th round. I did not list all the players that are projected to be drafted there as I disagree with some analysis. And I'm sure there are some small school guys that will leap up after the Combine with intriguing talent and size/speed ratios.

Even barring any late comers, I think this is the deepest overall draft I've ever seen. I think RB, WR, and Safety are as deep as they've ever been, ever, and I think top notch talent will be available into the 5th round. I think CB, LB, OT, FB, OC, OG, and TE will have excellent depth with top notch talent available into the late 4th round, and I mean excellent, top ceiling talent. I think DT and QB should have extremely good talent available into the late 3rd before tailing off drastically. And I think DE has some good top level guys, but really dead ends around the mid-2nd round.

Mainly though, the influx of junior talent at RB and WR to ridiculous degrees really makes this draft. Those are the marquee positions, along with QB and LT, and really push down top players at other positions deeper into the draft.

Well, that's alot of names to be sure, but I have no idea if most of them can play or not:D

Good post, though...

I think the Rubin kid from Iowa St is on the rise, and I really like Tashard Choice; I can't wait to see him tomorrow...

The Demps kid is also a real sleeper at Safety, IMO.

I saw a Guard flash on the Rashard Mendenhall highlight films, #64, Martin O'Donnell...he had some very nice blocks, some of which looked similar to a zone-blocking scheme, but that is all I know of him. It will be interesting if he even gets Drafted, or if not, if he gets signed.

Colorado's OT Tyler Polumbus is a real good player with quick feet that fits the Broncos scheme, and could wind up in the 4th.