Full Denver Broncos Scouting Guide for the 2013 Senior Bowl
The Denver Broncos will be watching the 2013 Senior Bowl this Saturday.
They have a few holes that need to be filled.
Following their playoff loss to the eventual AFC Champion Baltimore Ravens the Broncos' offseason is already under way.
Denver does have a pick in each of the seven rounds of the 2013 NFL Draft.
They also have a few players that are due to be free agents this spring.
The Senior Bowl is set for 3 p.m. Jan. 26 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama and will feature some of the top collegiate seniors in the nation. The game will be televised live on the NFL Network.
So who are the players that Denver will be targeting this Saturday?
Here is your scouting guide for watching the game with the Denver Broncos in mind.
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South: Landry Jones, Oklahoma; E.J. Manuel, Florida State; Tyler Wilson, Arkansas.
North: Zac Dysert, Miami (Ohio); Mike Glennon, North Carolina State; Ryan Nassib, Syracuse.
Denver's Outlook: The Broncos feel like they have the quarterback position locked up. Peyton Manning returned to his pre-injury form in 2012 throwing 37 touchdowns.
Manning's backup is Brock Osweiler, who will be entering his second season after being drafted by the Broncos last year in the second round.
A player would have to fall to them unexpectedly to be selected.
One such player could be Mike Glennon out of North Carolina State. In a year that the quarterback position is not overly strong, Glennon could be the best of the bunch. He has a very big arm and threw for 31 touchdowns in his senior year.
Glennon should be selected in the first or second round. If he falls below that, it might be tough to pass on him. Watch his accuracy and his footwork on Saturday. That will tell us how much he could move up or down.
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South: Tommy Bohanon, Wake Forest (fullback); Andre Ellington, Clemson; Mike Gillislee, Florida; Onterio McCalebb, Auburn; Stepfan Taylor, Stanford.
North: Kenjon Barner, Oregon; Johnathan Franklin, Kyle Juszczyk, Harvard (fullback); UCLA; Robbie Rouse, Fresno State.
Denver's Outlook: The Broncos are in a tough spot at the running back position. They have both Willis McGahee and Knowshon Moreno on their roster. But can either one of them be counted on?
McGahee has missed six games in the last two seasons and Moreno has missed 17.
Stepfan Taylor is a workhorse type back that may fill the Broncos' running back needs perfectly.
Taylor averaged 4.8 yards per carry in his senior season and ran for 13 touchdowns.
He is capable of catching the ball out of the backfield as he caught 42 passes and managed two touchdowns through the air as well.
Taylor should last to the second or third round.
The Broncos will take a good look at him on Saturday to see if they will grab him.
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South: Dalton Freeman, Clemson; Brian Schwenke, California.
North: Braxston Cave, Notre Dame; Joe Madsen, West Virginia.
South: J.C. Tretter, Cornell; Larry Warford, Kentucky; Dallas Thomas, Tennessee.
North: Kyle Long, Oregon; David Quessenberry, San Jose State; Hugh Thornton, Illinois.
South: Oday Aboushi, Virginia; D.J. Fluker, Alabama; Garrett Gilkey, Chadron State; Lane Johnson, Oklahoma; Xavier Nixon, Florida.
North: Eric Fisher, Central Michigan; Justin Pugh, Syracuse; Ricky Wagner, Wisconsin; Brian Winters, Kent State.
Denver's Outlook: The Broncos offensive line was very solid all season, but they do have room for improvement. Depth is a concern.
Center Dan Koppen is a free agent this year, and the Broncos will most likely try to bring him back, as he was dependable in 2012.
Ryan Clady is also a free agent and will be demanding some serious money. Clady is not a great run blocker, but he is very good at protecting Peyton Manning's blind side.
Denver will be looking at depth at the guard and tackle positions in this draft.
Ricky Wagner out of Wisconsin is a possibility and could provide some depth at tackle. He is in the same vein as Clady, being a pass blocker and less of a push forward blocker.
Dallas Thomas out of Tennessee is another option. A 310-pound guard, he is capable of playing either side and could even play tackle if needed.
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South: Vance McDonald, Rice; Mychal Rivera, Tennessee; Michael Williams, Alabama.
North: Jack Doyle, Western Kentucky; Nick Kasa, Colorado; Ryan Otten, San Jose State.
Denver's Outlook: I dont think the Broncos can afford to look much at tight end. They currently have Joel Dreessen, Jacob Tamme, Virgil Green and Julius Thomas on the roster. That group accounted for 98 catches and seven touchdowns in 2012.
Nick Kasa is from the University of Colorado just up the road in Boulder. He caught 25 passes and three touchdowns in an anemic offense this past season.
If he fell to Denver in the late rounds, they may take a chance in hopes he would push for a roster spot.
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South: Cobi Hamilton, Arkansas; Tavarres King, Georgia; Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech; Ryan Swope, Texas A&M; Conner Vernon, Duke; Terrance Williams, Baylor.
North: Aaron Dobson, Marshall; Marquise Goodwin, Texas; Chris Harper, Kansas State; Aaron Mellette, Elon; Denard Robinson, Michigan; Markus Wheaton, Oregon State.
Denver's Outlook: The Broncos will be looking at the wide receivers in this game. Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, and Brandon Stokley all had very good seasons in 2012. However, Stokley is 36 years old, and backup wideout Matthew Willis is a free agent. So Denver may be in the market for some help.
Markus Wheaton out of Oregon State would give the offense a boost. In 2012 Wheaton caught 91 balls and scored 11 touchdowns. He stands 6'1" and has very good hands with the speed to beat you deep as well.
Tavarres King is a receiver from Georgia to watch who had a disappointing senior season but could be available late if the Broncos opt to wait. Saturday could be a nice gauge for King.
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South: Everett Dawkins, Florida State; Cory Grissom, South Florida; Montori Hughes, Tennessee-Martin; John Jenkins, Georgia.
North: Jordan Hill, Penn State; Kawann Short, Purdue; Brandon Williams, Missouri Southern; Sylvester Williams, North Carolina.
South: Ziggy Ansah, BYU; Lavar Edwards, LSU; Malliciah Goodman, Clemson; Cornelius Washington, Georgia.
North: Michael Buchanan, Illinois; Margus Hunt, SMU; Datone Jones, UCLA; Alex Okafor, Texas.
Denver's Outlook: The defensive tackle position is the most glaring need on the Broncos roster. They must go get some players. Mitch Unrein and Kevin Vickerson both overachieved in 2012, but both are due to become free agents.
Kawann Short would be a great fit for Denver. Short had 42.5 tackles in his senior year and 14.5 of those were for loss. He logged six sacks, broke up four passes and even blocked for kicks.
He did this as a defensive tackle.
Short would give the Broncos that push up the middle that was not always consistent in 2012.
Jonathan Jenkins out of Georgia is another option. Jenkins is 6'3" and 351 pounds. So he can definitely clog up the middle against the run.
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South: Jamie Collins, Southern Miss; Zaviar Gooden, Missouri; Nico Johnson, Alabama; Sean Porter, Texas A&M; Chase Thomas, Stanford; Vince Williams, Florida State.
North: Steve Beauharnais, Rutgers; Arthur Brown, Kansas State; Khaseem Greene, Rutgers; Kevin Reddick, North Carolina; John Simon, Ohio State; Trevardo Williams, Connecticut.
Denver's Outlook: I am a big fan of the young Bronco linebackers. Nate Irving, Steven Johnson and Danny Trevathan are a nice young group that fly around and have a nose for the football.
Keith Brooking was the starting middle linebacker for most of the season, but he is 37 years old. If Denver management doesn't feel that Johnson is up to the task, they may feel the need to take a middle linebacker.
Watch Nico Johnson from the University of Alabama. Johnson is a great run stopper but has struggled at times to cover in the passing game. Can he be good enough in coverage to be a player on Sundays?
Kevin Reddick from North Carolina is a solid player that likes to rush the passer from the middle spot. I think he is more geared to play in the 3-4 scheme, but he is a great athlete that could improve the Bronco passing defense.
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South: Robert Alford, Southeastern Louisiana; Marc Anthony, California; Sanders Commings, Georgia; Leon McFadden, San Diego State; B.W. Webb, William & Mary.
North: Will Davis, Utah State; Dwayne Gratz, Connecticut; Jordan Poyer, Oregon State; Jamar Taylor, Boise State; Desmond Trufant, Washington; Blidi Wreh-Wilson, Connecticut.
Denver's Outlook: I'm not quite ready to throw dirt on Champ Bailey just yet. I know he took criticism after the Ravens' loss but the fact is the Broncos asked Bailey to play singled up with no safety help and barely any pass rush. I can't fault Bailey for that.
The Broncos do have some very good young corners on their roster. Omar Bolden, Tony Carter and Chris Harris all show promise with Harris being the brightest star of the group.
Tracy Porter is a free agent, and with his health concerns, he may be gone. Carter is a free agent, but he should be resigned.
So Denver could be scouting these corners and take a shot on someone late.
Jamar Taylor is not getting much publicity ,but this kid works extremely hard to prepare himself. Taylor is a good tackler and has good instincts for the ball. He led Boise with eight passes defended.
This kid is a good physical football player. He is worth a look.
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South: Robert Lester, Alabama; Bacarri Rambo, Georgia; J.J. Wilcox, Georgia Southern; Shawn Williams, Georgia.
North: Jonathan Cyprien, Florida International; T.J. McDonald, Southern Cal; Phillip Thomas, Fresno State; Duke Williams, Nevada.
Denver's Outlook: This is another area for concern for Denver. Mike Adams had a decent season in 2012, but I think the Ravens' game showed that he is not the long term answer. Quinton Carter will return from injury in 2013.
Rahim Moore made what was one of the most glaring errors in that Baltimore game, but he did make positive strides in 2012. Now we have to see if he can bounce back.
Bacarri Rambo is a safety from Georgia that could be available in the middle rounds. Rambo had 67 tackles and three interceptions in his last year of college. Rambo has a ton of talent, but he has had some off the field issues that could hurt his status.
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South: Dustin Hopkins, Florida State.
North: Quinn Sharp, Oklahoma State.
South: Carson Tinker, Alabama.
North: Luke Ingram, Hawaii.
South: Ryan Allen, Louisiana Tech.
North: Jeff Locke, UCLA.
Denver's Outlook: The Broncos should be set at both kicker and punter. Matt Prater has one of the biggest legs in the NFL, and Britton Colquitt averaged over 44 yards per punt.
But Colquitt is a free agent, so Denver has to at least take a look at Ryan Allen and Jeff Locke.
Allen is probably the better of the two. He averaged 48 yards per punt this past season for Louisiana Tech.