2012 NFL Mock Draft: How Denver Broncos Can Be Winners This Spring

Scotty McGrawCorrespondent IIIFebruary 27, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 14:  Head coach John Fox of the Denver Broncos looks on against the New England Patriots during their AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Gillette Stadium on January 14, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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The Denver Broncos are currently sitting at the 25th overall pick. They will have many options, including trading up and trading down.

The Broncos—despite reaching the AFC divisional round—have a lot of needs across the board. Fantastic players will be available at that selection, but the Broncos would be in much better shape if they dealt their pick.

On draft day, the Broncos should dial up the New England Patriots. The Patriots always love to trade down, but this year they might even trade up.

If the Broncos can trade the 25th pick for the 31st pick and get an extra sixth-rounder, they will be in great shape.

The sixth-round pick in the proposed trade could be vital. The Broncos could use that pick to add quarterback depth and use the majority of their other selections to focus building the defense.

DT Fletcher Cox will most likely be gone by then 31st selection, but fellow DT Dontari Poe still might be sitting on draft boards at that time.

Poe had a great combine day on Monday and would immediately be a starter. He would play alongside Brodrick Bunkley.

The Broncos have a strong possibility of landing free agent and former Chief CB Brandon Carr, also. The Chiefs just signed CB Stanford Routt, therefore there remains no need for KC to bring back Carr.

Denver could also sign a defensive end in free agency. If they can acquire Lions DE Cliff Avril, they will be in fantastic shape.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 27: Defensive lineman Dontari Poe of Memphis takes part in a drill during the 2012 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 27, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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No matter what, the Broncos defense will be completely different. A whole new pool of players will come and play for the Denver D. The who is just the uncertain part.

Without further ado—here is your first-round mock draft.

1. Colts: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

2. Browns (Projected Trade No. 1 from St. Louis): Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor

3. Vikings: Matt Kalil, OT, USC

4. Rams (Projected Trade No. 1 from Cleveland): Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State

5. Buccaneers: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama

6. Redskins: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU

7. Jaguars: Quinton Coples, DE, UNC

8. Dolphins: Michael Brockers, DT, LSU

9. Panthers: Dre' Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama

10. Bills: Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa

11. Chiefs: Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford

12. Seahawks: Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M

COLLEGE STATION, TX - NOVEMBER 24:  Ryan Tannehill #17 of the Texas A&M Aggies leads his team on to the field prior to a game against the Texas Longhorns  at Kyle Field on November 24, 2011 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Darren Carroll/Getty Images)
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13. Cardinals: David DeCastro, OG/OG, Stanford

14. Cowboys: Devon Still, DL, Penn State

15. Eagles: Luke Kuechly, ILB, Boston College

16. Jets: Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina

17. Bengals (from Oakland): Lamar Miller, RB, Miami

18. Chargers: Zach Brown, OLB, UNC

19. Bears: Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame

20: Titans: Cordy Glenn, OG/OT, Georgia

21. Bengals: Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama

22. Rams (Projected Trade No. 1 from Cleveland): Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State

23. Lions: Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska

24. Steelers: Fletcher Cox, DT, Memphis

25. Patriots (Projected Trade No. 2 from Denver): Whitney Mercilus, DE/OLB, Illinois 

26. Texans: Alshon Jeffry, WR, South Carolina

27: Patriots (from New Orleans): Mohammed Sanu, WR, Rutgers

28. Packers: Peter Konz, OC, Wisconsin

29. Ravens: Vontaze Burflict, Arizona State

30: 49ers: Rueben Randle, WR, LSU

31: Broncos (Projected Trade No. 2 from New England) Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis

32: Giants: Dwayne Allen, TE, Clemson


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