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    Drafting WR 1st Round is DUMB

    I may be in the minority here but I really believe this draft is way to deep at the WR Position to be drafting a guy Like Ruggs because he is fast. There are free agents like Roby Anderson and Bersard Perriman that can fill that roll. Speaking of Perriman the 26th pick in 2015 who ran a 4.26 40 has not lived up to that high pick.

    When we pick at 15 we should be picking for the best available player regardless of position, if a guy like Tristan Wirfs is there Denver would be stupid not to take them.

    We can come back in rounds 2-5 to pick up depth at WR for Shurmur. We have Sutton, and I am not giving up on Hamilton and Patrick just yet. Get speed in Free Agency, draft best available player at 15.

    Then go grab a couple WR in the later rounds. Guys like Bryan Edwards, Antonio Gandy-Golden, or even James Proche. All those guys have starter potential and would add the depth we need at the WR position.

    WR is the Sexy pick but guys like Wirfs are the gears that make the engine go.

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    ^--- SMU has treated us well lately.

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    Tristan Wirfs OT, Iowa

    ANALYST'S REPORT

    PROS: Highly impressive in terms of mobility, body control, posture and functional strength. Carries 320 pounds extremely well across his 6-foot-5 frame. Love his ability to hinge his hips, redirect and pivot. His anchor in pass pro won’t be compromised very often - his ability to leverage his hips, bow his back and maintain the width of the pocket against power rushers is outstanding. Has plenty of pop in his pads to stun defenders. Absolutely has the foot speed to keep pace up the arc and set roadblocks against speed rushers. Explosive mover when climbing to the second level and working out in space. Grip strength is sensational and it’s game over for his opposition when the clamps are set. Zero concerns about his ability to roll his hips into contact from a three-point stance. Power can be devastating.

    CONS: Has some issues with tardy punches in pass pro that opens up his chest for opponents to work into and force him to work overtime sinking his anchor. In the run game, Wirfs has a tendency to get a bit top heavy with his weight too far forward which causes him to fall off some blocks when combined with his aggressive tenacity to get after people. Can be more deliberate about continuing to work his hand fits when run blocking.

    BEST TRAIT - Power

    WORST TRAIT - Tardy Hands/Control In the Run Game

    RED FLAGS - None

    NFL COMP - Cam Robinson

    Wirfs became the first Iowa freshman to start at offensive tackle since Kirk Ferentz took over the program in 1999. Coming in at No. 1 in Bruce Feldman’s annual freak list, Wirfs rewrote the weight room records for the Hawkeyes and is one of the strongest overall prospects in the class. Oh, by the way he’s an excellent football player and prospect. While he has some technical items to address, Wirfs has the skill set of an impact starter, most likely at right tackle where he started at Iowa over the last 3.5 years. With that said, his best position in the NFL could come at guard but there is little reason to think he won’t be just as dominant outside at tackle. Wirfs is a powerful man with impressive mobility that should make him an asset in the run game and out in space. Wirfs has the upside to become one of the better offensive linemen in the game by Year Three.
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    Jedrick Wills

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    ANALYST'S REPORT

    Pass Sets - U-N-B-E-L-I-E-V-A-B-L-E. He's an elite pass protector with the best blend of step cadence, framing, redirection skill, patience and anchor ability. Quick sets, vertical sets, 45 degree sets — you name it, he can execute at a high level. He's patient with his hands, too — has effective stab and snatch techniques.

    Length - Plenty of functional length at his disposal and his ability to sustain blocks after contact is aided by good upper body and hand strength with hands extended away from his frame. He's got the ability to mix up his punches to temper upfield charges and keep defenders guessing on their rush track.

    Balance - Haven't seen him get crossed up with his feet once. He's got top shelf feet all around and shows a terrific understanding of how to maintain his platform as a blocker. Shows good reactive quickness to recover from body blows and awesome ability to drop the hips and gear down on the second level blocking LBs.

    Hand Technique - Biggest area of improvement from 2018. He's got a firm punch and good strike zone — although some of his finer moves (up field club) don't always fully find their mark. Highly encouraged by development here to compliment his smooth sets and shows good firmness with the inside hand to protect B-gap.

    Power at POA - Better stay low! If he rolls hips on you, it's over — he's crashed DL off the block on chips before climbing to 2nd level to swallow LBs and tear holes in 2 levels of the defense. Saw him stack and uproot Derrick Brown this season — he's got strong leg drive and core strength to maintain initial positioning and create push.

    Football IQ - Finely tuned technician who just so happens to check every prototypical box from a size and athleticism perspective. He's sharp and savvy with mixing up his sets and not letting pass rushers get the same look on too many consecutive rushes. His footwork will allow him to kill many reps before contact is even made.

    Functional Athleticism - Pretty startling to see him so clean in space. He's got no wasted steps and that includes on the 2nd level — he takes ambitious angles, too. Have seen him rip across cutoff blocks on 3Ts from the backside with success. Teams can roll protection away from him and still count of successful blocks on the island.

    Anchor Ability - He's built really dense, plenty of mass through the lower half and the core to help him provide strength to maintain clean fits. Shows very good range of motion through the hips to keep himself squatted and underneath the pads of defenders. He'll throw the E-brake and stonewall power rushes.

    Flexibility - Dynamic range of motion through his lower half. Hip hinge is strong in vertical sets to open his base for optimal distance as needed but he's also capable of suddenness with a wide base in short sets or mirroring the rabbit on the edge. His linear coil and explosive drive through the ground is A+.

    Competitive Toughness - He likes to chirp! If he blows you off the ball, you're going to hear it after the whistle. Passionate player who shows a great motor and great effort on screens and backside runs to work down the field and get involved to spring big plays. Functional strength is plug and play caliber, too.

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    Best Trait - Pass Sets

    Worst Trait - ?

    Best Film - Auburn (2019)

    Worst Film - Clemson (2018)

    Red Flags - None

    Player Summary - Jedrick Willis is a plug and play Pro Bowl caliber OT in the NFL. Wills has surreal ability as a pass protector, he's violent, he's controlled, he's smooth and he's smart. Wills plays with a chip on his shoulder and brings the kind of attitude adjustment up front that can make wakes and change the demeanor of an offensive line. Supremely gifted, Wills is especially attractive to teams that push the ball vertically, as his movement skills allow him to shine on an island in pass protection. STUD.

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    I am usually a firm believer you donít draft WR in the first round because they are a dime a dozen. However, I get excited thinking of getting Ruggs and his speed on this offense. To have Sutton, Ruggs, Fant, and Lindsey is so appealing. It really all depends on what we do during FA and with our other picks because we do need to address the OL. I just donít think we have to spend a first to resolve it. That being said, I wouldnít be upset if we did draft an OL first overall. It will run us into the issue where James or Bolles would have to be benched or the OL sits for a year. We canít get rid of Bolles or James because of their guarantees. But thereís a chances one of them gets hurt.... James

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    I think Denver has the luxury this year of just sitting at 15 and taking the best available talent that falls in their lap. Whether that's wide receiver or cornerback or tackle or whatever it is personally I don't think they can make a bad pick.

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    Give me Jalen Reagor in the 2nd and one of those OTs in the first. I wouldn't be surprised if when it is all said and done Reagor will be picked ahead of Ruggs. Reagor is just as fast and more polished than Ruggs.
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    Totally agree with the OP. I’d die a little on the inside if we picked a WR in the first round with the needs we have..
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    One problem though is I believe the FO like Bolles more than us. We are stuck with James and Bolles for at least one more year due to cap hits. Schlereth has pointed out multiple times that we will have at least one more year of Bolles and he hates him.

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    If one of those tackles is there and we go WR something is wrong in the FO.

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    Mekhi Becton

    OT, Louisville

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    Pass Sets - He's smooth! Appreciate how clean his feet are. Rare ability to reach his back foot on drive catch and shows really nice cadence to not overset versus speed off the edge. Shows good awareness of angles to keep his passer secure prior to contact.

    Length/Extension - All the reach in the world. His punch and extension will uproot defenders and physically uproot them a few yards at a time. Pretty awesome to watch him throw hands/create space instantly with upper body power. Plenty of length to extend and run rushers past the QB.

    Balance - Appreciate how he doesn't fold at the waist to chase in space. He's a bit high hipped but his dynamic lower half does well to reach and catch his momentum to prevent him from drifting. Shows good angular adjustments on the move.

    Hand Technique - His punches can be a bit wild but boy are they effective. He's got probably the heaviest hands in the class, although Andrew Thomas' are cleaner. If he can convert more blows to sustained hand fits, he's going to whitewash DEs out in the run game with consistency.

    Power at POA - Awesome power. Top shelf strength throughout his entire frame and unlike most big guys at this stage, he's got mobility to apply it in lateral or angular situations where his whole frame isn't aligned. He's terrific at the point of attack to create space.

    Football IQ - He gets away with some overly ambitious punches due to his raw power and his sense of continuing to work up the field for work versus stopping to peel eyes back and look for where to go can improve. But the arrow here is pointing firmly up. Strong development in 2019.

    Functional Athleticism - Folks this big aren't supposed to move this well. He's so fluid for a big man and as a result he'll gear down and pick off scraping LBs with ease. Have seen him work cutoff on a 1T from the backside — which is insane. The redirectional ability he displays is good for anyone.

    Anchor Ability - Strong as an ox. He's so naturally strong and with the reach he has, he rarely gives up his chest and allows bodies into his frame. Even when he does, core strength and lower body power eat up most comers and he shows a good late anchor.

    Flexibility - Rare mobility through his hips and shows plenty of hinge laterally to play with forcible power on turnout blocks and when looking to long-arm edge setters out from a gap. He's got good range of motion through his hips on pass sets to play with sufficient cadence.

    Competitive Toughness - Love his effort level. He's working the backside with assertiveness, he's getting out onto the second level and effectively breaking down linebackers and sticking on them. He's absolutely nasty in the trenches if you keep him in tight to the LOS.

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    Best Trait - Power at POA

    Worst Trait - Punch Placement Consistency

    Best Film - Syracuse (2019)

    Worst Film - Boston College (2019)

    Red Flags - None

    Summary - Mekhi Becton projects as a starting left tackle at the NFL level — and a damn good one. Becton has all the length and functional power in the world, pairing it with a rare blend of flexibility and size. Becton is a brawler in the run game and his pure size overwhelms many pass rushers off the edge. There are still some technique consistencies to still be ironed out but generally speaking the ceiling here is sky high and there's a foundation that should allow early production at LT.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Merrick44 View Post
    One problem though is I believe the FO like Bolles more than us. We are stuck with James and Bolles for at least one more year due to cap hits. Schlereth has pointed out multiple times that we will have at least one more year of Bolles and he hates him.
    I think this is the reason we prob wonít go OL in the first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Murph2432 View Post
    I think this is the reason we prob won’t go OL in the first.
    That would be a mistake a big one. OL do not grow on trees in fact it is well known that OLine play throughout the league is well behind DL play. So when there is a couple of guys projected to have All Pro talent you better get one of them because it is probably going to be a few years before another comes along. Oline has to be priority one.

    Leary is going to be a cap casualty. I wouldn't count James out with his lack of toughness he may retire.(We can only hope).
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