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    Quote Originally Posted by PsychoChicken
    I'm aware that this is a poor WR draft, but I'm not quite sure it will stop Shanahan from taking one somewhere during the first day...at which point I will throw a brick at my TV...the cheap one. Not one wide receiver in this draft has impressed me enough to want him as a Bronco. But if it has to be any, I can only hope it's Martin Nance in the late second round. That's the only way I'd approve.

    I still have immense faith in Darius Watts, and expect big things in his third year.

    Personally, to me its Chad Jackson or bust. We may have to wait for Schmarja (still overrated IMO) and Calvin Johnson if need be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrrogers8277
    Not considering who'll the Broncos lose to free agency, I can see needs in these positions. If we could get a game changing player at WR (I know we have Rod but he is but one), safety (Lynch is still getting it done but is creeping up in age), and TE (Putzier and Alexander are solid but I miss the days of Sharpe. Oh yeah, the rest of the league sees the importance of the mismatched TE's with Gates, Crumpler, Gonzalez, Whitten, Shockey, among others.) It should be interesting to see the directions Shanny goes this year. Then, Shanny can stay true to form and pick up replacement OLinemen and RB's later in the draft.
    I was wanting one of the solid OT's in this years draft, but Lepsis is playing well along with Foster, so I feel we should lock up Lepsis for a while. Lepsis and Nalen could be Bruce Mathews clones and might be able to play a few more years. I thought they were losing a step but they are all playing well.

    That being said we need a quick DE, solid DT and a Ball Hawk Safety with our first three picks...period. We will grab a solid OG and RB on day two. We need WR's but there are no WR's that stick out this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PsychoChicken
    I'm aware that this is a poor WR draft, but I'm not quite sure it will stop Shanahan from taking one somewhere during the first day...at which point I will throw a brick at my TV...the cheap one. Not one wide receiver in this draft has impressed me enough to want him as a Bronco. But if it has to be any, I can only hope it's Martin Nance in the late second round. That's the only way I'd approve.

    I still have immense faith in Darius Watts, and expect big things in his third year.
    The truth is, Shanahan would have drafted a receiver last year if he had the chance.

    Denver wanted Matt Jones (6'6") with their first round pick, but they felt he wouldn't be there so they traded it to Washington (money was also a factor). Without a shot at Jones, Denver made a good look in the direction of Vincent Jackson; another big (6'5" 240) WR who would be great in the redzone and create mismatches. They decided to take Darrent Williams with the 2nd round pick and hope Jackson fell to the third. Instead SD picked him up in the late 2nd.

    Denver has virtually no one who is athletic enough to be a short yardage/redzone threat. Shannon Sharpe was always the safety valve and the guy who made our offense truly prolific. Alexander has been excellent blocking, and Putzier shows great ability between the 20s, but neither is a true TE threat.

    Mark my words, Shanahan WILL spend one of our first three picks on a tall, athletic offensive weapon. It isn't a matter of what I want, but what he has shown he wants.

    In all truth, a TE in the mold of Sharpe would be enough to return our offense to a truly scary level. I think taking Marcedes Lewis (UCLA, 6'5" 250lb 4.6 40) would be a great pick with our 2nd first rounder. He is basically a really big WR just like Sharpe was; fast, great blocking, excellent hands, athletic, perfect build.

    Other position needs in order of importance are: DL (DE and DT), OT, interior OL, and S
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mat'hir Uth Gan
    OG? I'm not worried about it.

    PJ Alexander was going to be our starting RG before he was hurt. He'll be back next season. Cooper Carlisle is doing well at RG this year, he'll be here next season. So, that means Alexander will move to LG.

    We will have Chris Myers on the team for depth as well.

    Generally, you only take an OG on the 1st day of the draft if you need an instant starter, and usually those are the big, massive OGs that maul people, we don't use those types.

    I don't see an OG in our future on the draft's first day, the 2nd day perhaps.
    Agreed.

    Plus, look at the Alex Gibbs formed lines around the league in the zone blocking scheme from all the years in Denver and now in Atlanta and you won't find many guards especially who were drafted in rounds 1 or 2.

    It is a system that prides itself on taking what others consider lesser talent and molding it perfectly into a specific scheme. It doesn't have to compete with the majority of teams for the more prototypical interior talent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MileHighSpirit
    The truth is, Shanahan would have drafted a receiver last year if he had the chance.

    Denver wanted Matt Jones (6'6") with their first round pick, but they felt he wouldn't be there so they traded it to Washington (money was also a factor). Without a shot at Jones, Denver made a good look in the direction of Vincent Jackson; another big (6'5" 240) WR who would be great in the redzone and create mismatches. They decided to take Darrent Williams with the 2nd round pick and hope Jackson fell to the third. Instead SD picked him up in the late 2nd.

    Denver has virtually no one who is athletic enough to be a short yardage/redzone threat. Shannon Sharpe was always the safety valve and the guy who made our offense truly prolific. Alexander has been excellent blocking, and Putzier shows great ability between the 20s, but neither is a true TE threat.

    Mark my words, Shanahan WILL spend one of our first three picks on a tall, athletic offensive weapon. It isn't a matter of what I want, but what he has shown he wants.

    In all truth, a TE in the mold of Sharpe would be enough to return our offense to a truly scary level. I think taking Marcedes Lewis (UCLA, 6'5" 250lb 4.6 40) would be a great pick with our 2nd first rounder. He is basically a really big WR just like Sharpe was; fast, great blocking, excellent hands, athletic, perfect build.

    Other position needs in order of importance are: DL (DE and DT), OT, interior OL, and S
    I cannot help but think that Shanahan will be looking very closely at Hank Baskett as a guy he will look to grab early in the draft. I can't say I wouldn't be slightly intrigued by S. Holmes or C. Jackson, but I tend to believe Shanny will look in Baskett's direction. If taken, perhaps a little later he would look for J. Samarzjdia. (sp.) Perhaps looked at as a McCaffrey clone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jletourneau
    I cannot help but think that Shanahan will be looking very closely at Hank Baskett as a guy he will look to grab early in the draft. I can't say I wouldn't be slightly intrigued by S. Holmes or C. Jackson, but I tend to believe Shanny will look in Baskett's direction. If taken, perhaps a little later he would look for J. Samarzjdia. (sp.) Perhaps looked at as a McCaffrey clone.
    I totally agree with you, and I would love for Denver to pick Hank Baskett. ...not in the first round though. Using our 2nd rounder on Baskett would be fantastic. Anytime you have a guy who is 6'4" 220, is a confrence high jump champion, and dominates his competition (even though its the MWC), you have a serious redzone star.

    Baskett is also known for his blocking and ability to make the big play. He sounds like just what the doctor ordered in Denver.
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    I like Baskett in the mid-late 20's. Probably moreso then the other WRs, just because I am a fan of height mismatches.

    Here's Scout.com's file:


    Full Name: Hank Baskett School: New Mexico

    Ht: 6-3 Wt: 219 40: 4.57 Yr: 5Sr

    Pos: Consistent wide out with a complete game. Deceptively fast, stretches the defense and makes acrobatic receptions downfield. Fearless and exposes himself to the big hit in order to catch the ball. Works hard running after the reception, keeping the play in bounds and picking up as much yardage possible. Possesses soft, consistent hands with the ability to pull the errant throw from the air. Comes back to the ball and consistently works to make himself an available target. Displays an excellent sense of timing and anticipation, using his large frame to shield away opponents and protect the past. Solid blocker down field and strong at the point of attack.

    Neg: Does not run away from defenders in the open field. More a long strider who lacks first step quickness.

    Analysis: A natural receiver with deceptive speed, Basket could be a gem at receiver in next April's draft. Presents himself as a potential number one wide out in the NFL and offers a lot of upside potential.

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