Once again, being from the Patriots, McDaniel's is aware of how high the Patriots are on this kid. Reports state that New England would have chose him last year over Mayo if he had declared for the draft.
Laurinaitis hurt his stock by staying in school for his senior season. A projected top 10 pick last year, he has fallen due to the heavy DE and T talent at the top of this years draft.
Like the Maualaga pick, the Broncos simply need better Linebackers. Outside of Williams the Broncos linebackers are nothing to write home about and Ian Gold has seen better days.
Capable of playing inside or outside, James would bring a mean streak to the LB corps. A punishing tackler who reacts well and is good in coverage, Laurinaitis is exactly what the Broncos need to improve their 30th ranked defense.
Along with Maualaga, Laurinaitis would give the Broncos a solid one-two Punch at LB for years to come and be a huge upgrade in every way. Though the picks aren't sexy, neither is a horrible defense.