With the recent suspension and overall unpredictability of D.J. Williams, I expect the Broncos to use their second-round pick on a middle linebacker.
Current MLB Keith Brooking hasn't made a real impact for the Broncos since being signed last offseason. While he does bring veteran leadership to the table, he's not the long-term solution at MLB the Broncos will need moving forward.
For this reason, Denver will either look for an LB ready to play immediately, or one that can be mentored by Brooking for some time before taking the reins after Brooking eventually retires.
By the time the Broncos pick in the second round, the two best MLB prospects, Manti Te'o and Alec Ogletree, will undoubtedly have already been picked.
This leaves North Carolina LB Kevin Reddick, Kansas State LB Arthur Brown, Penn State LB Michael Mauti and Stanford LB Shayne Skov as possible picks for the Broncos at this spot.
Reddick has been exceptionally productive with the Tar Heels after having put up big numbers the past three years, but there are some concerns about his overall versatility defending the pass. He's a proven run-stopper with potentially elite instincts, but in coverage he has relatively stiff hips, which can be exposed easily in the NFL.
If the Broncos feel they can work with him and develop him into the player they need moving forward, they'll take Reddick. If not, they'll look to some of the other options.
Arthur Brown, at 6'1", 224 pounds, is a tad bit undersized for an NFL linebacker, but has proven he has formidable NFL potential during his tenure with the Kansas State Wildcats. Brown's two biggest assets are undoubtedly his speed and tackling ability.
While he can get engulfed in opposing blockers from time to time and be rendered ineffective, Brown has sufficient instincts in the run game and is always a threat to pin opposing runners in the backfield for losses.
Michael Mauti is a toss-up. On one hand, he has potentially elite instincts and play-recognition, but he has major durability concerns after tearing his right and left ACLs, sustaining a head injury, spraining his ankle and injuring his shoulder during his career at Penn State. Because of these injury concerns, expect the Broncos to pass on Mauti.
I think when all is said and done, if Reddick is on the board, they'll take him. If not, I don't think they'll be at all dissatisfied with taking Arthur Brown instead.
Drafting an MLB will be essential in shaping Denver's linebacking corps in the future. If they pick the right guy, Denver's defense can get scary good, scary fast.