The Denver Broncos front office has directed a powerful offseason thus far. The Broncos' top acquisition is undoubtedly the likes of former New England Patriots WR Wes Welker. However, other signings include OG Louis Vasquez, DT Terrance Knighton, LB Stewart Bradley and CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
Denver also re-signed DT Kevin Vickerson, which was a sturdy move. Vickerson and Knighton, who is now reunited with current Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio, will solidify the interior defensive line. However, the Broncos need one more young defensive tackle to shore up the interior defensive line.
DT Johnathan Hankins, Ohio State (6'3", 320)
Hankins is undoubtedly a tank. He wreaks havoc while rushing the passer and stopping the run. Often times, offensive lines double team "Big Hank" because of his outstanding size and talent.
Hankins ran a 5.31 40-yard dash at the Scouting Combine, which isn't a very impressive statistic. But then again, when will a defensive lineman run 40-yards untouched in a straight line on the football field?
Hankins would form an A1 core of defensive tackles with Vickerson and Knighton. While Hankins would be the Broncos' defensive tackle of the future, he would be able to learn from two veterans and take part in what Denver hopes to be a Super Bowl run.
TE Jordan Reed, Florida (6'3", 236)
Reed is an undersized tight end, but his versatility and athleticism make up for this résumé woe. Reed played quarterback and even ran the ball a little during his earlier years at Florida.
During 2012, Reed had over 550 receiving yards and three touchdowns. At the Scouting Combine, Reed ran a 4.72 40-yard dash and had a 16 bench-rep tally,
The Broncos would benefit from having a versatile player like Reed immensely. They need an Aaron Hernandez-esque player, and while they are near impossible to find, Reed has the upside and talent to became an NFL star.
ILB Kevin Reddick, UNC (6'1", 243 Pounds)
After releasing LB D.J. Williams, the Broncos would benefit from more linebacker depth. Reddick was very productive in college but could slide a lot because of his lack of size.
Reddick ran a 4.72 40-yard dash at the Combine, and that will also hurt his draft selection.
If he slides all the way to the Broncos' third-round selection, they undoubtedly must pick him. He could be a tackling machine on Sundays.
RB Kenjon Barner, Oregon (5'11", 195 Pounds)
RB Knowshon Moreno is a versatile back; meanwhile RB Ronnie Hillman is a scatback. Hillman is identical to Barner, so why should the Broncos pick Barner?
Well, imagine this: Peyton Manning, Wes Welker, Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker and two legitimate receiving threats out of the backfield.
Barner is a speedster. At the Combine he had a 4.52 40-yard dash, and his game speed is even faster.
He and WR/RS Trindon Holliday would make a lethal return group, also. They could do kickoff return reverses and tosses.
With Barner, the possibilities are endless.
WR Conner Vernon, Duke (6'0", 196)
Vernon could be the future Welker despite playing college split end/flanker. He would slide right into the slot position when Welker's tenure with Denver ends in a couple of years with his frame and athleticism.
Vernon ran a 4.68 Scouting Combine 40, but compiled over 1000 yards in what was Duke's first bowl game since 1995.
Vernon was a threat for Duke and could be for Denver in the future.
DE Nathan Williams, Ohio State (6'3", 241 Pounds)
For the Broncos, they would hope that Williams makes the cut. After losing DE Elvis Dumervil to a weird fax issue, they need exterior defensive-line depth.
At this point, Williams would be a place-holder on the depth chart with occasional, non-luxurious special-teams appearances.
At Ohio State in 2012, Williams tallied 40 tackles and 2.0 sacks.
First Round: DT Johnathan Hankins, Ohio State
Second Round: TE Jordan Reed, Florida
Third Round: ILB Kevin Reddick, UNC
Fourth Round: RB Kenjon Barner, Oregon
Fifth Round: WR Conner Vernon, Duke
Seventh Round: DE Nathan Williams, Ohio State