A few weeks ago I wrote an article stating what I believed were the team's most pressing needs and how the team might address them.
The Denver Broncos, despite their magical season and playoff run, still have a lot of holes left to fill and are still a ways away from being a perennial playoff team. EFX (John Elway, John Fox, Brian Xanders) started their reign in very good fashion. They were not only frugal in free agency, a place where past regimes seemed to overvalue, but they were very smart as well.
Bringing in Brodrick Bunkley proved to be an incredible move, as well as the re-signing of Marcus Thomas, who was only supposed to be a rotational player but due to injuries ended up playing a starter's role and filled it well. On the other hand, the re-signing of Kevin Vickerson and the signing of Ty Warren both at the defensive tackle spot might seem like mistakes.
It would be wise to give those two signings in particular a little more time. Due to injury, neither Vickerson nor Warren were able to participate during the season, and thus were not able to do what they were signed to do, which is applying inside pressure and causing general discomfort to opposing QBs. If these two players are able to get healthy and contribute significantly, specially Warren, and the Broncos medical staff is confident in their return, then the Broncos' draft board might change dramatically.
This mock draft will be operating under the assumption that Vickerson and Warren are making a full recovery, and will be able to contribute and play at least 75 percent of their intended snaps. I will also assume that Knowshon Moreno will be given one last year to prove his value, either as a third-down back or maybe as a starter.
I will not simulate any trades that might take place during the draft. However, I do believe that the Broncos will trade down in the first round and pick up additional picks in the later rounds, or they might trade completely out of the first round and pick up an additional second-rounder as well as later-round picks.
Let's get to it.