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  • SI 7 round Denver mock

    For the Denver Broncos, the regular season is over, which means that it's all about roster building. This time on the NFL calendar is replete with mock drafts as we turn our focus to the NFL Draft along with free agency.

    The Broncos' draft position is set, holding the No. 15 overall pick in the first round, followed by No. 46 overall in the second round, and No. 77, 83, and 97 selections in the third round. All picks after that will depend on what compensatory picks the league awards Denver.

    For now, the Broncos have nine picks not factoring any projected compensatory considerations. Denver acquired extra third-round picks from San Francisco and Pittsburgh, as well as the Niners' fourth-rounder.

    The Broncos don't currently have a fifth-round pick, but they are projected to get a compensatory pick in the round. That adds up to eight total picks thus far, with Denver's last four being a sixth-rounder from Washington, seventh-rounder from New England, and two projected seventh-round compensatory picks.

    Having set the stage, it's time to reveal my first mock draft of the 2020 pre-draft season. There is a lot of time between now and the draft and a lot of things with this mock will change by the time I publish my final iteration in the spring.

    Note: This mock was made by picking the most often chosen player for the Broncos in 75 simulations. The three compensatory picks were selections made by me among players still left after the final pick of the round. So for the fifth-round compensatory selection, they were all prospects left after the 32nd pick of the fifth-round was made in the simulation.

    1. Laviska Shenault, WR, Colorado

    The former Colorado receiver had 191 offensive touches while picking up 2,223 yards and 17 touchdowns in college. There is some concern over the time Shenault has missed while at CU. However, after multiple conversations I've had with people in the know about the receiver and his injuries, there isn’t a fear about any long-term issues stemming from those run-ins with the injury bug.

    Shenault is a bigger receiver and many expect him to run a sub-4.4-second 40-yard dash, which, at his size, would be insane. He offers up a lot of versatility, which the Broncos can really use within their offense. Wide receiver screens would really be opened up with Shenault as the receiver.

    2. Lucas Niang, OT, TCU

    Niang got hurt during the 2019 season, but like Shenault, there don’t seem to be legitimate concerns over any long-term issues stemming from the injury. Of course, the NFL Combine will provide more answers on Niang's health, as it will with Shenault's.

    Niang has great size and really good length. Combined with his athleticism, it leads to a lot of wins. There is also a decent amount of power with Niang.

    With how Garett Bolles ended the season, Niang would be a pick to provide depth while being developed, as his technique does need work, to take over a starting spot in 2021. That is, unless an injury thrusts him into a starting role sooner.

    3. Justin Madubuike, DL, Texas A&M

    Denver is set to lose multiple defensive linemen and they need to replace them. Madubuike is a super athletic gap penetrator that fits into the Broncos' scheme perfectly.

    He will need to work on his technique, but D-Line Coach Bill Kollar should be able to work wonders with him. All of Madubuike's concerns are fixable, but his athleticism and quickness aren’t teachable.

    3. Leki Fotu, DL, Utah

    Mike Purcell was fine as a nose tackle, but he can be upgraded. To do so, the Broncos will have to look no further than Utah.

    Fotu has a great first step, great size, and solid power to shoot gaps and disrupt plays behind the line of scrimmage. For the NFL, he must get his pad level lower more consistently. Fotu was also a team captain for the Utes.

    3. Antoine Winfield Jr., DB, Minnesota

    It was great to see Winfield, Jr. declare for the draft. He is a chess piece defensive back that can eventually replace Kareem Jackson who is going to be 32 when the draft comes around.

    Denver could be looking at needing a No. 3 safety that can drop down and cover the slot with Will Parks being a free agent. Winfield, Jr. would be such a tremendous fit in Vic Fangio's scheme, has a good head on his shoulders, and can be a leader on defense.

    4. Ke’Shawn Vaughn, RB, Vanderbilt

    Another perfect scheme fit for the Broncos, Vaughn has really good vision, which is so vital for a zone-based rushing scheme. He has been limited as a receiver, but his few reps have shown promise for higher volume in the future.

    The bigger concern comes as a blocker where he tries hard but doesn’t quite have the technique down. NFL coaching could make the difference.

    4. Essang Bassey, CB, Wake Forest

    Here we have a team captain who is an excellent fit in the Broncos' scheme who has really good ball skills. I love Bassey for the Broncos' cover scheme, but there is an issue with tackling that won’t please Coach Fangio.

    Bassey does such a good job reading the play and putting himself in the proper position to make a play. If his tackling were better, he would be getting talked about a bit higher in the draft.

    5. John Hightower, WR, Boise State

    Denver drafted a receiver earlier in this mock that can take short passes and make big plays, but there is still a spacing problem. Hightower, with his speed, will help solve that.

    It is expected that Hightower runs low 4.3-second 40-yard dash, if not just under. He can stretch the field, offers returner value, and has a decent change-of-direction ability.

    6. Cameron Brown, LB, Penn State

    With range for days, Brown is a super athletic and quick linebacker who will kill it going sideline-to-sideline or downfield in coverage. He will need work in the weight room to get a little stronger, and also work to improve his tackling technique.
    Taking on blocks isn’t his thing, but he can sort through the trash to find the right lane to the ball.

    7. Justin Herron, OT, Wake Forest

    Herron has great length, but he does lack power in his game. The lack of power shows up more so in run blocking as he relies on his length and decent technique to win in pass protection.
    Denver’s zone scheme would utilize his length and mobility to cover for a lack of power ideally.

    7. Sean McKeon, TE, Michigan

    As a blocker or a receiver, McKeon can make an impact for an offense. He projects best as a TE2 in the NFL partially due to his limited athleticism.
    The Broncos have an athletic tight end in Noah Fant, so they need to find a partner in crime for him and that could be McKeon.

    7. Jaron Bryant, CB, Fresno State

    Bryant is a tall and long corner who does his best with the play developing in front of him. Denver has to improve its depth, and a way to do that quickly is to get great scheme fits via the draft.
    Bryant can be a gunner on special teams as well and is very physical and tough tackler.

  • #2
    Probably not very realistic but almost every mock I see out there have Denver going WR. I definitely think there will be some maneuvering in the draft, I don't see Denver drafting that many players

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    • #3
      I really hope we don’t do WR..... so many other needs...
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      • #4
        I can't see us going WR in round one. We have our #1 WR, Sutton. As of now, I believe we are looking at OT or DL, with CB an outside possibility. Or Simmons from Clemson. I don't see Simmons or one of the top OT prospects sliding to #15 and I don't know if we're willing to trade up for an OT, since it looks like we're going to roll with Bolles and James as our tackles. And I think, especially with a lot of our DL becoming free agents, I'm thinking DL.

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        • #5
          I think if we go wide receiver in round one, I will have to be committed.
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          • #6
            This mock is not good. We need linemen, linemen, and more linemen

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            • #7
              JvDub95- I like the Cameron Brown pick. I'm a PSU fan and he is really athletic lb that plays well on the back end. He was moved all around and didn't exactly light up the stat sheet, but if you knew how he was being used he really did a good job. He is pretty thin, but for a team like us that could/would use him vs TE in coverage he is a good fit in a later round.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by atwaterandstir View Post
                JvDub95- I like the Cameron Brown pick. I'm a PSU fan and he is really athletic lb that plays well on the back end. He was moved all around and didn't exactly light up the stat sheet, but if you knew how he was being used he really did a good job. He is pretty thin, but for a team like us that could/would use him vs TE in coverage he is a good fit in a later round.
                I didn't create this mock...it's SI (sports illustrated). Im not 100% sold on WR being 1st but I wouldn't put it passed Elway to do so. I personally think it will be CB myself....but that opinion will change after free agency

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                • #9
                  I’d have no issue with a WR in the first if he is BPA. And another elite WR is not a bad thing.

                  There are multiple holes to fill. Not all will be filled in the one first rd pick. Elway needs to do a much better job in the draft and maybe more importantly in free agency. Broncos have too much money invested in Flacco, Callahan and multiple OTs that never play. Can he do a better job this off-season?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by FR Tim View Post
                    I’d have no issue with a WR in the first if he is BPA. And another elite WR is not a bad thing.

                    There are multiple holes to fill. Not all will be filled in the one first rd pick. Elway needs to do a much better job in the draft and maybe more importantly in free agency. Broncos have too much money invested in Flacco, Callahan and multiple OTs that never play. Can he do a better job this off-season?
                    I kind of feel the same way. There are holes to fill every year and there will always be holes to fill. If it's WR....why not? Having multiple threats on offense is never a bad thing. Sutton, Lindsay, Fant and player X out of the draft? We have to be able to keep up with the Chiefs so if it happens I won't whine about it

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                    • #11
                      Hightower is intriguing. He’s the most dangerous deep threat Boise has had since Titus Young.
                      His potential is really interesting because aside from the obvious elite speed he’s 6’2” with very good hands and toughness but only weighs around 170. It will be interesting to see what happens to his physique in the NFL. He could add 20 pounds and develop into an elite playmaker. Personally I think someone will see the upside and take him sooner than the 5th. We shall see!
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                      • #12
                        I've mentioned it before in another thread, but Niang is all over the place as far as mocks are concerned. There's no real indication which round he's going to be off the board in.

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                        • #13
                          i feel like i would be happy with this draft. but like we need alot more help on the o-line then this. if this happens i hope we make some major signing for the o-line
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                          • #14
                            Hard part about deciding what to do about the O line is the “insider “ info on exactly what Munchak and in some ways Scangarello think about current players and if they are reliable or usable enough with the offense they want to run.

                            IMO Bolles is the least of the worries. Though still a concern, he played better as the season progressed. Do they expect James or Leary to return? Do they replace McGovern at center and move him to one of those spots?

                            I actually think this SI mock is not bad. First round may have a really talented WR sitting there and then an Olineman in the second to fill one spot. Add another impact lineman in free agency and it should be a significant upgrade.

                            I always think of the draft as the secondary way to augment your roster. The primary is free agency. How they spend the money to keep and bring in players will be critical. The 5-8 players that get drafted and make a difference is icing on the cake.

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                            • #15
                              This is a good mock. I have to say though, the “OL or bust” people are really getting annoying. WR is as big of a need as any and we have FA and other picks to address OL. Shenault and Ruggs are good picks at #15.
                              Last edited by Broncosojia; 01-12-2020, 08:20 AM.
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