Denver Broncos: 5 First-Round NFL Draft Prospects That Denver Should Target
The Broncos had a miraculous season in 2012, which is recognized by Tim Tebow and his hype, comebacks, and collapse. The Broncos are a very old team, and have a lot of holes on the depth chart that need to be filled.
The quarterback position is widely-viewed as a position of need, but the Broncos could develop Tebow into a true NFL quarterback. He played unconventionally last year, and that needs to be fixed. He missed a lot of easy throws, but, on the contrary, he connected on many hard throws.
Tebow has the potential to be great in the league, but for that to happen the Broncos need to build around him. The draft is right around the corner in April, and the Broncos have a perfect opportunity to keep themselves in playoff contention.
The AFC West is going to be very tough next year—the Chiefs get RB Jamaal Charles and S Eric Berry back from early injuries, the Chargers are going to come out firing, and the new-look Raiders are ready to shock the world. The draft is a quintessential, team-building event that changes every team in the span of three days.
Prospect No. Five: Orson Charles
Orson Charles, Tight End, Georgia, 6-3, 241 Pounds
Clemson tight end Dwayne Allen is likely to be available at the 25th pick overall, but I find Charles to suit the Broncos much better than Allen does.
Charles is a fantastic blocker that can seal and set the edge once the ball is snapped. Charles is also a viable target in the vertical attack.
Additionally, Charles is a great receiver over the center of the field. Tebow wouldn't have to scramble as much, and would get to sit in the pocket until he rips a pass to Charles.
The Broncos' offense would be improved immensely with the addition of Charles, and Tebow would be one step closer to being a conventional quarterback.
Prospect No. Four: Lamar Miller
Lamar Miller, Running Back, Miami (Florida), 5-11, 212 Pounds
Miller is a very versatile back and is extremely durable. He takes hit after hit, but manages to bounce off tackles and rack up yards after contact.
The Broncos already have RB's Willis McGahee and Knowshon Moreno on their roster. McGahee managed over 1000 yards last season, but only squeaked out four touchdowns. The Broncos aren't heavily invested in Moreno this season, and he was arrested for DUI this off-season.
Miller and McGahee would form a duo of tough, rugged tailbacks. Tebow is a ground-and-pound type of player when he runs, also. The Broncos would have some powerful runners in the backfield.
Add that up with a big-name receiver like Dwayne Bowe, and the Broncos' offense is completely revamped. Miller would solidify the Broncos backfield immediately.
Prospect No. Three: Kendall Wright
Kendall Wright, Wide Receiver, Baylor, 5-10, 190 Pounds
Wright evidently lacks size, but his sprinter speed makes up for it. He blazes down the field.
If the Broncos selected Wright, they wouldn't have to keep WR Eddie Royal, who is scheduled to be a free agent this off-season. Tebow would get to throw to a lightning-fast wide out who has the potential to be a star in the NFL.
Wright would change the Broncos' offense to a more vertical-oriented attack. Tebow would have a reliable receiver who has the possibility to take it to the house every touch he gets.
Additionally, Wright would be a starter day one. If he teams up with Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas, the Broncos' pass offense may not be so bad after all.
Prospect No. Two: Dre' Kirkpatrick
Dre' Kirkpatrick, Cornerback, Alabama, 6-3, 192 Pounds
Kirkpatrick has the talent to be a Top 10 pick, but after a marijuana arrest, Kirkpatrick may slide all the way to the Broncos.
CB Champ Bailey somehow is still playing at a Hall of Fame level, despite the fact that he is 33. Age, however, is catching up to fellow CB Andre' Goodman. Goodman seemingly is slowing down and decreasing in strength.
Kirkpatrick would bolster the defense immediately. Goodman would get more time to rest on the sideline and would get to preserve his career for an extra year or two. Bailey would have a counterpart that could make the Broncos' a top passing defense.
If the Broncos select Kirkpatrick, he needs to keep his nose clean. Like every other team in the National Football League, the Broncos don't want to deal with off the field issues that can hold a team back for years.
Prospect No. One: Fletcher Cox
Fletcher Cox, Defensive Lineman, Ole Miss, 6-4 295 Pounds
The Broncos need defensive line help. Period.
Cox would play alongside DT Brodrick Bunkley and would get to continue on the Broncos' defensive resurgence. The Broncos need way more of a pass rush from their defensive line.
Cox would help in both aspects of the D—the pass defense and the run defense. The Broncos would then get to fix their defensive back core, and then their linebacking core shortly thereafter.
If the Broncos select Cox, they would have a force to be reckoned with in the front of their defense. Denver would be much better off in December and January when the offenses start utilizing their run game more and more.
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