Denver Broncos Mock Draft: Predicting All 7 Rounds

Travis Wakeman@@traviswakeman10Featured Columnist IVMarch 15, 2013

Denver Broncos Mock Draft: Predicting All 7 Rounds

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    Just three days into the NFL's free-agent signing period, the Denver Broncos have already made some waves.

    Wes Welker (ESPN) and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (via Denver Post) have been signed as the Broncos are clearly aiming for a Super Bowl championship—and soon.

    Along with those big signings, the Broncos have also brought in guard Louis Vasquez, defensive tackle Terrance Knighton and linebacker Stewart Bradley.

    Still, the team has a few holes to fill and as we approach next month's NFL draft, the team should be able to identify those fairly easily.

    Click forward for a look at what the Broncos could do in each round of the selection process.

First Round: Kawann Short, Defensive Tackle, Purdue

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    Some consider Kawann Short to be a second-round pick, but the Broncos would be doing great to get him at No. 28 in the first round.

    A very athletic defensive tackle, Short possesses surprising quickness for a man his size and can defend the run very well. But what makes Short an excellent pick is his ability to rush the passer from the tackle position.

    Short would be too quick for many guards at the pro level and that burst he gets off the line would make the rush Denver can bring off the edge that much more dangerous.

    The Broncos would have to stay on Short about his physical fitness, but with the signing of Knighton (via Pro Football Talk) combined with giving Kevin Vickerson a contract extension (via Denver Post), it would be well worth it.

Second Round: Jon Bostic, Linebacker, Florida

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    If Kevin Minter, Alec Ogletree or Arthur Brown are still on the board at No. 28 in the first round, the Broncos will give them some serious thought. In the end, they will wait to get their middle linebacker.

    Jon Bostic is a guy who may be rising up draft boards after an impressive performance at the scouting combine, where he ran a 4.50 40-yard dash.

    Bostic is an athletic linebacker who is also very versatile. He has good hands and showed good lateral quickness at Florida.

    One of Denver's biggest problems on defense last year was covering tight ends as players like Dennis Pitta and Greg Olsen had huge games against them.

    Bostic could help alleviate that.

Third Round: Christine Michael, Running Back, Texas A&M

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    While players like Le'Veon Bell, Montee Ball and Stepfan Taylor could all be potential picks for the Broncos, Christine Michael would be just as good as any of them.

    One of the areas the Broncos have not addressed in free agency has been the running back position despite reports ( linking them to Rashard Mendenhall and Shonn Greene (

    Mendenhall ultimately chose Arizona and Greene signed with Tennessee, leaving the Broncos to turn to the draft for depth at the position.

    If Denver is looking for a physical runner, as it seems it is, well here he is. However, with Michael, you get a very rare combination of speed and quickness to go with his physical, straight-ahead running.

    Michael would need to be coached in becoming more disciplined, but his physical ability is clearly there. At the scouting combine, he was the top performer amongst all running backs in the bench press, vertical leap, broad jump, shuttle run and three-cone drill along with running a 4.54 40-yard dash.

    Reports indicated that Michael slept through ( two team interviews. Do you pass on him because of that? No.

    Michael would be a welcome addition to the Denver backfield.

Fourth Round: T.J. McDonald, Safety, USC

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    Had T.J. McDonald entered the NFL draft last year following his junior season, he may have been the second safety drafted behind Mark Barron. With this year's class much deeper, someone could get a real steal in the later rounds.

    Denver needs more help at the safety position, but that is not due to the play made by Rahim Moore in the divisional round of the playoffs. Moore had a good season aside from that blunder.

    Mike Adams may not be a long-term solution, however, and with the recent arrest ( of Quinton Carter, coupled with the fact he will be coming off knee surgery, it would be a good idea for Denver to get some more depth.

    McDonald is an athletic player who comes from a pro style defense at USC that was ran by long-time defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin. McDonald will be well prepared for NFL offenses.

    He would have to improve his pass coverage skills and he'd likely see most of his time on special teams as a rookie, but if the Broncos can develop him to their liking, he could turn into an excellent pro.

Fifth Round: Corey Fuller, Wide Receiver, Virginia Tech

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    Despite the signing of Welker, the Broncos could still use more depth at the wide receiver position.

    It remains to be seen if Brandon Stokley and Matthew Willis will be back and beyond that, they don't have much.

    Fuller is full of raw potential and around a solid nucleus of receivers, which Denver now possesses, could be transformed into a great player.

    Fuller has a background in track and that was evidenced by his 4.43 40-yard dash at the scouting combine.

    Despite not being a starter until his senior season at Virginia Tech, he led the team with six touchdowns in the 2012 season.

    As he prepares for the draft, Fuller has been working with former NFL receiver Antonio Freeman (ESPN profile).

Sixth Round: No Pick

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    The Broncos traded away their sixth-round pick in this year's draft to the Philadelphia Eagles for defensive tackle Broderick Bunkley.

    Bunkley played just one season in Denver before leaving for New Orleans. He registered just 43 tackles without a sack that season.

    Would Denver like to have the pick back instead? Probably.

Seventh Round: Tanner Hawkinson, Tackle, Kansas

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    Tanner Hawkinson is a converted tight end who could add depth along the line and back up either Ryan Clady or Orlando Franklin as he played both tackle positions in college.

    A four-year starter, Hawkinson is not the biggest lineman (6'5", 298 pounds), but he displays good footwork and blocking skills, especially in the running game.

    Hawkinson is a very durable player who never missed a start at Kansas and would be a solid backup very much worth a pick in the seventh round.