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    2010 NFL Mock Draft, Denver Broncos Style

    The Denver Broncos' recent struggles have given way to lofty criticism, and they have exposed various obvious weaknesses on the team as well. As of now, this team has five draft picks. They own the rights to Chicago's first round pick, and they traded away their own to the Seattle Seahawks.

    If the season ended today, the Broncos would have the 11th overall pick in the draft, which is the same pick they took Jay Cutler with back in 2006.

    I firmly believe at this point that the Broncos need to look to an elite quarterback prospect with this pick, and this is the perfect year to do so. This year's quarterback class is very talented at the top end, featuring four or five legitimate potential first round picks.

    As it stands, the teams that could potentially be looking for a quarterback who would theoretically be picking ahead of the Broncos are the St. Louis Rams, Buffalo Bills, Seattle Seahawks, and the Washington Redskins.

    To get a moderately accurate idea of what the Broncos could be looking at in terms of prospects, let's mock the draft until the proverbial 11th overall pick, in which the Broncos will be selecting in this case.

    1. Cleveland Browns: Eric Berry, Safety, Tennessee

    2. St. Louis Rams: Jake Locker, Quarterback, Washington

    3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Ndamukong Suh, Defensive Tackle, Nebraska

    4. Detroit Lions: Gerald McCoy, Defensive Tackle, Oklahoma

    5. Buffalo Bills: Russell Okung, Offensive Tackle, Oklahoma State

    6. Kansas City Chiefs: Rolando McClain, Middle Linebacker, Alabama

    7. Oakland Raiders: Carlos Dunlap, Defensive Lineman, Florida

    8. Seattle Seahawks: Jimmy Clausen, Quarterback, Notre Dame

    9. Washington Redskins: Taylor Mays, Safety, USC

    10. Tennessee Titans: Joe Haden, Cornerback, Florida



    The Denver Broncos are now on the clock.

    A lot of really good prospects off the board, and quite a few of which the Broncos will be keeping a close eye on come draft day. Still, this draft is extremely deep at almost every position, and the Broncos need to take advantage. Here are some of the top available prospects they could be looking at in this situation.

    •WR Dez Bryant, Oklahoma State
    •RB C.J. Spiller, Clemson
    •DE Derrick Morgan, Georgia Tech
    •OLB Navorro Bowman, Penn State
    •QB Sam Bradford, Oklahoma
    Ultimately, general manager Brian Xanders and Josh McDaniels have the final call of which player is picked. McDaniels has not been known to be part of a team which selects a quarterback very high, but the only constant in this world is change.

    McDaniels and the Patriots never picked a quarterback very high, but they never really had to either. Drew Bledsoe was the quarterback of the team early in the 2000's, and he was a former first overall pick. He was replaced by Tom Brady, who is a once in a lifetime gem found late in the sixth round.

    The Broncos picked quarterback Tom Brandstater in the sixth round in 2009, but it's unhealthy at best to assume he is the long-term answer at the position. He seems to have the tools to potentially excel at this level, but you can't really bank on it.

    Thus, this pick is an absolute no-brainer.

    With the 11th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos select...Sam Bradford, quarterback from Oklahoma University .

    I love the sound of that, and Broncos fans would too. Bradford has a great head on his shoulders, and because he suffered a season-ending injury this season, he could wind up as the biggest steal of this draft.

    Bradford is a near perfect fit for the Broncos' offense. He is the most accurate quarterback in the draft with above average arm strength, and he is a great leader on and off the field.

    The Broncos likely will part ways with Chris Simms after this season, and if the price is reasonable they could retain Kyle Orton. In fact, they probably should. That way, Orton could be good insurance in case Bradford's development is slow, or if the Broncos simply do not want to start a rookie quarterback. Denver would then hold three quarterbacks in Bradford, Orton, and Brandstater.

    After this pick, the Broncos have to wait a little while to select again. They would be in line for a mid-late second round pick with their 6-4 record. As it stands, that pick would fall somewhere in the early 50's, and right now at exactly 51st.

    Using Scout's Inc.'s rankings, the top available prospects are:

    •G Jon Asamoah, Illinois
    •TE Aaron Hernandez, Florida
    •DE/OLB Jerry Hughes, TCU
    •G Mike Iupati, Idaho
    •RB Joe McKnight, USC
    •DE Corey Wootton, Northwestern
    At this point, there is no real standout prospect the Broncos have to have. A wise decision here would be to trade down for a second, fourth, and sixth round pick.

    Let's say the Broncos move down ten spots, to the bottom of the second round. They have acquired an extra fourth and sixth round pick to potentially maneuver again if they wish.

    In this case, the Broncos still get the guy I would have taken with the 51st pick.

    With the 61st pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos select...Corey Wootton, Defensive End, Northwestern.

    This is a player I really like for the next level. He has outstanding size for a defensive lineman at 6'7" 280 pounds, and he could be a good five-technique prospect. The Broncos are a little thin on depth and youth at the defensive end position, and Wootton would be an ideal addition at this point in the draft.

    The Broncos' next pick would come a little way past the middle of the third round, somewhere around the 83rd overall selection.

    This pick may be a bit of wishful thinking on my part, but I'm going to go for it. Scout's Inc. rates this kid as the 75th best prospect in the draft, but the one thing I know about the NFL Draft is that the 75th best prospect could go in the first round, and the 10th best prospect can sometimes fall to the third.

    With the 83rd pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos select...Vince Oghobaase, Defensive Lineman, Duke.

    What in the world? A Duke football player?

    You heard it here first. Vince Oghobaase is a very solid defensive lienman who is athletic enough to play inside in a 4-3 or as a five-technique in the 3-4. He and Wootton would give the Broncos a good pair of young defensive linemen with great athleticism, versatility, and intelligence, something which is valued very highly by this coaching staff.

    In the fourth round, the Broncos have, as this situation has played out in this mock draft, two picks. This is a place where they can certainly address a wide variety of areas.

    After taking their quarterback of the future and solidifying their defensive front, the Broncos can now focus on other areas of the team.

    With their two fourth round picks, I like the Broncos to take Florida State safety Myron Rolle and Oregon cornerback Walter Thurmond .

    Myron Rolle is a very intriguing prospect to me. He was a top prospect for the Seminoles coming out of high school, and showed why in his first three years at Florida State.

    He graduated from FSU in 2009 and accepted a Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford University, and has been studying there for what would have been his senior season at Florida State. According to Rolle, he planned on maintaining football shape in his time in England, and he would return to the United States for the NFL Scouting Combine and a career in the NFL.

    This is a man who has very lofty goals and dreams, and one who is inspiring. He gave up millions of dollars in the NFL to research in England a potential cure for cancer. He is an outstanding student who would have an opportunity to learn from the very best in Brian Dawkins and Champ Bailey.

    Thurmond is a very underrated prospect. He has been a four year starter for the Ducks and he will go later in the draft than he should because of a knee injury he suffered earlier this season. He is a very good tackler and has 12 career interceptions, and when he gets the ball he certainly knows what to do with it, scoring six career touchdowns.

    In the sixth round, I think the Broncos will turn back to the offensive side of the ball.

    Since they have two picks in this projected situation, they have a lot of flexibility in the earlier rounds.

    With their first sixth round pick, I think the Broncos should take Iowa tight end Anthony Moeaki.

    Moeaki has been oft-injured in his Iowa career, but head coach Kirk Ferentz calls him, "The best tight end I have ever coached." Those are some high praises considering Dallas Clark once roamed Kinnick Stadium.

    Moeaki is undoubtedly a complete tight end. He could very well go higher than the sixth round, and he probably should simply based on his skill set. His biggest asset is his ability to run block, which often goes unnoticed. That being said, he is also a very good pass receiver. He does not have great speed, but he finds a way to get open.

    The need for a tight end could come up if the Broncos lose Tony Scheffler to free agency.

    With their other sixth round pick, I think the Broncos need to address the center position. I think the best senior center prospect in the draft is Baylor's Justin Walton, and the Broncos could go after him. Walton has good size for the center position, and would help the Broncos greatly with inside pass protection which is really lacking at the moment.

    To recap, here are my projected draft selections at the moment if this situation were ever to play out.

    1.Sam Bradford, Quarterback, Oklahoma
    2.Corey Wootton, Defensive End, Northwestern
    3.Vince Oghobaase, Defensive End, Duke
    4.Myron Rolle, Safety, Florida State
    5.Walter Thurmond, Cornerback, Oregon
    6.Tony Moeaki, Tight End, Iowa
    7.Justin Walton, Center, Baylor

    If we had this draft and signed NT Vince Wilfork via free agency I'd !
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    We should get a guard, and I really don't see the need for a 1st round QB although I wouldn't mind Bradford. If we wanted to go offense in the first, in that scenario, I'd take Dez Bryant simply because I think he's BPA, but it would also give us an amazing passing attack. I don't see it happening, but I'm happy with Orton until 2011 at least.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Bowie Man View Post
      We should get a guard, and I really don't see the need for a 1st round QB although I wouldn't mind Bradford. If we wanted to go offense in the first, in that scenario, I'd take Dez Bryant simply because I think he's BPA, but it would also give us an amazing passing attack. I don't see it happening, but I'm happy with Orton until 2011 at least.
      agreed... Unless we attach O-line in FA. I still wouldn't mind bradford number 1 and a G in the second.

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      • #4
        I do like Orton too...however I don't see him as a SuperBowl calibur winning QB. Look at all of the top teams right now and they all have premier QB's. Yes, you can build around Orton to hide his deficiancies but why do so if you don't have to?

        We did allot more zone blocking in our last game and had we been able to keep the game close we would have ended with a great day rushing the ball. With that said, if we continue that trend, I don't see the o-line as that big of a negative. The team just needs to decide what scheme whether it be a power blocking scheme or zone blocking scheme. My thoughts are that if we can settle on the zone scheme we have less to address.
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        • #5
          I don't like the Bradford pick.......I think he's an excellent college quarterback, but he's too small to last in the NFL starting every Sunday.

          Don't give me the Drew Brees analogy either because Brees is built like a brick house. Bradford is 205 soppin' wet with his shoes on....
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          • #6
            thats a nice draft. But i think our needs dictate otherwise.

            We need C, OG, NT,CB,RB,

            Center- Weigs will hang it up this year, we need a big mauler and line caller.
            Priority out of 10- 8.5

            OG-we benched hammy for hock, good move but who backs them up, polumbus can but he fills in at T if we lose a man like we did this year.
            Priority out of 10- 7.5- but can find a good LG late in the draft

            CB- besides our rookie phonz, and a backup or two we are dinosaurs back there. If someone gets hurt we have nothing. Nolan builds defense back to front
            Priority out of 10- 9

            NT- fields is nice, but old and playing better than normal, after him, thomas, mcbean- i dont even know. But we dont have anyone to collapse the pocket, no one to stop the run and eat two blocker to allow our LB to do their job.
            Priority out of 10-9.5

            DE- mcbean, peterson, doom, ayers, moss- Some are good some are bad, one is busting. A super solid run stuffer and sack specialist is definitley in order. But is it valued over NT,CB,C? I thought it was, but maybe not. We do have a lot of depth there. Problem is, these players are only found in the 1st.
            Priority out of 10- 8.5

            S- we have dawk, hill,barrett,mcbath,bruton thats a lot of safties. However, if rolle is still there you have to take him because he is so good. Cerebral, smart leader, etc. But we cant reach for him either. Luxury is what he is for us, not a need.
            Priority- 6

            TE- imo not a need. even if we let shceff walk. Which i am not so sure they do.

            QB- simms-nah, brandy- we dont know yet, Orton good but not great. There is a definite need here for an elite QB, i havent looked at the QBs yet, so i cant say. However, it seems like we can win with Orton when we play smart. I think filling other needs and waiting a year might be ok.
            Priority - (imo 7) in broncos eyes-9

            WR/RB- i expect us to take one or both. Esp. RB- however, it would probably be a late round pick. We need depth, but we have two solid starters, and one will develop into a major player.
            So far:
            FA- Melvin Gordon. Brandon Scherff
            1. Kenneth Murray LB; 2. Shenault WR; 2B. Biadazz Center, 3. OT

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Al Wilson 4 Mayor View Post
              I don't like the Bradford pick.......I think he's an excellent college quarterback, but he's too small to last in the NFL starting every Sunday.

              Don't give me the Drew Brees analogy either because Brees is built like a brick house. Bradford is 205 soppin' wet with his shoes on....
              They have bradford listed at 6' 4" 225lbs. I mean he is no way a gym rat like brady quinn but i dont think he could of survived in college at 205.

              Im all for the bradford pick but i doubt he will go out this year he wont leave oklahoma like this. if we do draft him we really need to draft oline because bradford might have some durability issues or that could of been just a freak hit, you never know. we need to draft a guard in the 2nd and maybe a DT in the 3rd, Maybe a Center in the later rounds. Other than that i see the BPA situation playing out. Vince wilfork and ellis hobbs in the offseason would be amazing both former patriots.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Dpaparelli View Post
                They have bradford listed at 6' 4" 225lbs. I mean he is no way a gym rat like brady quinn but i dont think he could of survived in college at 205.

                Im all for the bradford pick but i doubt he will go out this year he wont leave oklahoma like this. if we do draft him we really need to draft oline because bradford might have some durability issues or that could of been just a freak hit, you never know. we need to draft a guard in the 2nd and maybe a DT in the 3rd, Maybe a Center in the later rounds. Other than that i see the BPA situation playing out. Vince wilfork and ellis hobbs in the offseason would be amazing both former patriots.
                Why did I think he was 6'1" 205?

                Huh, either I had a big misconception (it wouldn't be the first time), or the combine will reveal some telling numbers.
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                • #9
                  Face it there are lots of needs. The F.O. did a solid job of bringing low wage solid talent but how many of those players on defense especially on the DL rotation can be considered true starters?

                  Denver needs to draft its number 1 pick and not trade down thus getting, hopefully, an impact defensive player in the front seven, preferably DL. The temptation for an elite franchise qb is tempting and could be worth the risk but in the large scheme, nothing spells dominance like a pocket collapsing in on the qb all the time and that is what Denver has to develop.
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                  • #10
                    Slightyly off topic,

                    but I gotta throw you some "love" for the Browns pick. Have a CP on me!
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by DiegoBRONCOFAN View Post
                      1.Sam Bradford, Quarterback, Oklahoma
                      2.Corey Wootton, Defensive End, Northwestern
                      3.Vince Oghobaase, Defensive End, Duke
                      4.Myron Rolle, Safety, Florida State
                      5.Walter Thurmond, Cornerback, Oregon
                      6.Tony Moeaki, Tight End, Iowa
                      7.Justin Walton, Center, Baylor

                      If we had this draft and signed NT Vince Wilfork via free agency I'd !
                      I don't know that we need two DEs. Rather than get one of them I think everybody's recommendation for OL is a better choice. Aside from that, I'd be pumped with the first four rounds of this draft. Concerns for Bradford, sure, but he could manage... look at Brady when he came into the league. Just needs to bulk up.

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                      • #12
                        Your mock has some merit like the Oghobaase and Walton picks, even though Walton will go higher than 7th round. I do question your reasoning in it though.

                        In the 1st round you have potential players like Derrick Morgan and Navorro Bowman. No way they are drafted by the broncos. Morgan is 4-3 DE only, too small for a 3-4 DE and can't play OLB in a 3-4. Bowman is Woodyard's size and has been on probation twice.

                        Some other 1st round options you should have on that list are Spikes, Cody, Brandon LaFell, Damian Williams, and Iupati. They may or may not take a QB but I really don't think that will happen. He wouldn't start the first year anyway so I think more of an immediate impact player would be what to look for. If they get a QB, it will be to become the number 3 behind Brandstater since I think Simms is gone and Brandstater slides up to #2. I also don't think they use another top 15 on a RB. I think the options for the first pick are O/D line, LB, CB, or WR in that order.

                        In the 2nd round you have Iupati there and take Wooten instead??? The Broncos need a LG desperately and you would pass on the best Guard in the draft for someone who might be able to make it as a 3-4 DE?

                        The Rolle and Thurmond picks are ok, good value at both spots, but they could use more depth at LB and Brandon lang or Micah Johnson might be had in the 4th and would be much better fit.

                        The TE pick I also don't see happening. Even if they don't resign Scheffler, I don't think McD signs a TE who has injury problems. Dedrick Epps or Nate Byham would be a better pick in the late rounds for a TE.
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                        • #13
                          A good draft. Here's my first preliminary stab at one, trying to anticipate what the team needs given the current systems and coaching preferences.

                          1. Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma
                          Personally, I like some other quarterbacks more, but, as you say, Bradford fits our schemes and McD's vision of a QB better than anyone else.

                          2. Sergio Render, OG, Virginia Tech
                          Big, skillful guard who can partner up with Clady to form a power-blocking wedge on the left side.

                          3. Boo Robinson, NT, Wake Forest
                          Big nose tackle who fits the 3-4 mold. Marcus Thomas can slim down and move to the end position, where he really belongs.

                          4. Chris Hall, C, Texas
                          Skillfull and bigger than most centers.

                          Later round prospects, if they're still available:

                          Freddie Barnes, WR, Bowling Green
                          Naaman Roosevelt, WR, Buffalo
                          Alterraun Verner, CB, UCLA
                          Marquis Johnson, CB, Alabama
                          Alex Carrington, DE, Arkansas State
                          Greg Middleton, DE, Indiana

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                          • #14
                            i dont know why but i think we would trade down we trade some of our picks to the pats during the preseason and if its uncap year we need more rookies than even since it limits the amount of fa.

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                            • #15
                              I must say, this is one of the harder years to determine which way we might go in the first round. We have many needs; some for depth, starters, and even youth. I believe we will win with Kyle Orton. But there isn't going to be many years like this one in 2010 with this kind of talent at the QB position. There are plenty of 3-4 DE's available as well, but I am expecting us to pick somewhere in the 10-14 range, and I'm not sure if there will be value there for a 5-technique. There isn't a stud OG/C isn't this draft. There are still some nice players with good upside, but I just don't see the stud at the position worthy of a selection in the first round, there is a lot of parity at this position.

                              Here's a (in my opinion, of course) rundown of some possibilities at certain areas of needs that will could be available at our first pick, and later round options as well:

                              LB: Some might say Rolando McClain, if there, is the pick. On the other hand, some might say you don't want to invest a first round pick on a TED LB for a 3-4 when you can find someone who meets the needs (stacks up, good against the run) in the middle rounds. I think the team likes having Woodyard as the Nickle LB with DJ, but McClain is a very special player, and no one will deny that. A guy I have really liked for a long time to play TED is Micah Johnson out of Kentucky. He's a leader, big, and he's extremely consistent against the run. He could possibly be had in the 4th round come draft day(s).

                              CB: Joe Haden is going to rise up draft boards, and rightfully so. He plays the ball extremely well in the air, and he's strong coming up against the run. He probably is the most cerebral CB in this year's draft, he seems to always be on the ball and in the right place. Ty Law is a one-year solution, and the coaching staff realized that Phonz was in need of some more time getting acclimated, but we all know Phonz is going to be good down the road, he did show flashes in his limited time.

                              Most agree we need that bigger corner (5'11"+), and I have a couple guys in mind that could be had a little later on. I think this position is best fit for a 3rd round type guy, and the guys that come to mind immediately for me are Perrish Cox and Jerome Murphy. Both are physical, and Cox is a little more polished, but Murphy is far more physical. We won't go wrong with either of them, but my personal choice would be Perrish Cox for his return ability, and his very good coverage skills.

                              DE: Fields has played very nicely at NT, and although he hasn't been active much, I see a lot of promise out of Chris Baker. He could be the answer to fill in for Fields eventually, as I think Thomas is being used to simply protect Baker until they feel he is completely ready. That being said, I find our DE's to be in need of some talent. I like McBean, Peterson, and I've seen a lot I like out of LeKevin Smith.

                              I believe we could really use a "Playmaking 5-technique", which is almost like an oxymoron. But one guy that I believe could be the next Richard Seymour is Cameron Heyward. MUG turned me on to this guy, and he knows it's hard for me to admit this as a Penn Stater. He seems to always be disrupting the play, and he plays with one of the better motors I've seen out of a DL in college (apart from Suh and McCoy, whom I expect to be gone in the first 5-7 picks). I, like many others, feel like Oghobaase could be good eventually, but he will need some work, and time. Wooton is another option, but he is a finesse type player, and I think he could benefit by getting up to about 305-310, in order to hold up better, as his frame isn't maxed out, because as of right now he's a pure speed rusher.

                              QB: Obviously this is one of the most pressing issues. Would we turn the pick we got for Cutler around into a potential franchise QB for the McDaniels era? It's extremely hard to say, as none of us have been able to see the development of Brandstater. I liked what I saw from him as a rookie against the aggressive Arizona Cardinals, and if you were to put him with the talented receivers like ours, he could be quite good. He was already progressing through his reads in his first start, which is a very good sign, as he wasn't locking on to a given receiver (but he did do that a couple times with McKinley, then he realized it and started to look off McKinley).

                              The QB that makes the most sense in the first round for us would have to be Sam Bradford. He has the size, smarts, and intangibles McDaniels looks for. I could see McD becoming infatuated with Bradford, as he is very similar in physical tools as Brady. He is a proven winner, and a team leader as well, and personally I'd be happy to have him as our franchise QB. I also like Tim Hiller a lot, who is another guy who'd be available probably in the 3rd-5th and he has a very nice skill set, but could just use more consistent mechanics.

                              I don't see us getting a WR, OG/C, S, or RB with our first pick, as they are either not of great need or value at our projected pick. I believe trading down is an option, and possibly with the Tampa Bay Bucs who would love to have another first round pick and possibly Marcus Thomas for both their seconds and an additional late-round pick or 2011 pick.

                              I am a strong advocate of possibly going after Eric Decker. It is hard to say if the team feels we have needs at WR; Marshall (re-signed most likely), Royal, Gaffney, Stokely, McKinley. We have a lot more talent at WR than most teams, but I think most would agree we need that legitemate 2nd outside WR, and put Royal in the slot, but I'm not sure if or when that will ever happen. Decker most likely is going to plummet, he won't be able to work out prior to the draft process, and he isn't as highly regarded as Michael Crabtree so his stock is going to be more affected. I would say Decker might be around by later round 2 or early round 3.

                              That's just how I see it, and OP you did a real nice job on your mock, and your reasonings, well done.
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