Denver Broncos Mock Draft: Draft Plans Following the Manning/Tebow Saga
It has been a crazy week for Denver Bronco fans.
First, the franchise brings in arguably the best quarterback to ever play in the NFL, and then trades the most popular player in the league.
Denver is all in right now, and is looking for a Super Bowl sooner rather than later. Denver's draft will reflect that.
It is safe to say that every Denver Bronco mock draft written before the Tebow trade is essentially meaningless now.
Here is a new look at how the Denver Broncos might approach the draft.
Round 1, Pick 25: Mike Wallace, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
I know we can't actually draft Mike Wallace, but I strongly believe Denver will acquire Mike Wallace with this pick.
Denver's receiving corps will improve with Peyton, but the Broncos still lack a true deep threat.
Demaryius Thomas is a multi-talented receiver that will catch his fair share of deep balls, but Wallace adds a whole different dimension to Denver's offense.
I think this is the smartest move the Broncos can make with this pick. Taking a college prospect here is simply a more significant risk than signing Mike Wallace.
Round 2, Pick 57: Brock Osweiler, QB, Arizona State University
The John Elway era is off to a crazy start. It seems obvious that Elway is the one calling the shots regarding personnel decisions.
Elway loves a prototypical-sized quarterback who is a drop-back passer. Brock Osweiler fits the bill.
Now that Tebow is gone, the Broncos will have to find a successor to Manning.
I think Osweiler's size, arm strength and age give him an advantage here over Kirk Cousins and Brandon Weeden.
Round 3, Pick 88: Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers
The Broncos are in a win-now situation, and will try to bring in as many weapons to accompany Peyton Manning as possible.
Carolina recently signed Mike Tolbert, and with DeAngelo Williams signing a large contract last year, it looks like Jonathan Stewart is the odd man out.
Stewart is a good young back who is no stranger to the two-back system.
I'm sure that John Fox would love to be reunited with one of his former draft picks. It would likely cost the Broncos' third round pick to get Stewart.
Round 4, Pick 108: DeQuan Menzie, CB, University of Alabama
DeQuan Menzie is a solid prospect that should be available here in the fourth round.
Menzie had the unfortunate responsibility of having to play opposite of Dre Kirkpatrick on a stacked Alabama defense.
Many teams tended to stay away from Kirkpatrick, and as a result Menzie was challenged quite a bit this year.
The Broncos' secondary is getting older, and I expect Denver to address the position in the draft.
Menzie could really develop with a couple of seasons behind Champ Bailey. He's a bit of a question mark, but has immense upside.
Round 4, Pick 120: Jared Crick, DT, University of Nebraska
Believe it or not, Jared Crick was once considered a late-first/early-second round prospect.
His stock has taken quite the hit over the past year, but he didn't get much help from his fellow Nebraska defensive lineman.
Crick was constantly double-teamed this year, which really hurt his stats.
Fortunately for him, Crick wouldn't be drawing many double-teams in Denver, with edge rushers like Elvis Dumervil and Von Miller.
With Brodrick Bunkley headed to the Saints, Denver really needs an upgrade at defensive tackle.
Crick is arguably more talented than any defensive tackle on Denver's current roster. Not bad for a fourth round pick.
Round 5, Pick 129, Vontaze Burfict, ILB, Arizona State University
Vontaze Burfict has seen his stock free fall during this year's draft season.
There is a good chance that many teams have taken Burfict off their draft boards altogether. This is a mistake in my opinion.
Yes, his combine numbers were horrific and he looked poor in drills, I get that. If you put a tape on of Burfict's sophomore year, you'll see that this kid can play.
Burfict has some character issues and that is a majority of the reason that he will likely be available here in the fifth round.
If anyone can bring out the best in Burfict it would be John Fox and Jack Del Rio. I wouldn't be surprised to see Denver take a chance on him.
Round 5, Pick 152: Michael Egnew, TE, University of Missouri
Peyton Manning loves tight ends almost as much as Tom Brady does. Right now, Denver is pretty thin at the position.
While it is possible they could add Jacob Tamme and Dallas Clark, I think Denver will still look at drafting a tight end in the later rounds.
Michael Egnew's production dipped after Blaine Gabbert left for the NFL, but he is still a talented pass-catching wide receiver.
Egnew is 6'5", 250 lbs, and ran a 4.6 40 yard dash. Those numbers compare pretty well to Rob Gronkowski's combine numbers.
Gronkowski was an inch taller, 10 pounds heavier and ran a 4.7 40. Clearly Egnew has the size and speed to be a playmaker.
He is worth a selection here in the fifth round.
Round 6, Pick 178: Tank Carder, LB, Texas Christian University
When you get this deep into the draft, teams start looking at players that can play special teams and add depth to a position.
Tank Carder fills both of these requirements for the Broncos.
Carder is a hard-hitting linebacker that has the versatility to play both inside and outside.
He tends to play hard and play fast, and would be an excellent addition to the Broncos' special teams unit.
Carder is a great value this deep in the draft.