Denver Broncos Should Steal a Quarterback and Restore Defense in Draft

Neil mclaughlinCorrespondent IApril 17, 2009

DENVER - DECEMBER 21:  Quarterback Trent Edwards #5 of the Buffalo Bills takes a hit by linebacker D.J. Williams #55 of the Denver Broncos as he delivers a pass during NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on December 21, 2008 in Denver, Colorado. The Bills defeated the Broncos 30-23.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Denver must concentrate on defense with at least six picks.

Draft needs are:

(1) Nose tackle, (2) 3-4 Defensive End, (3) Quarterback, (4) Running back, (5) Cornerback/Safety, (6) Kicker.

The Broncos have greatly improved their defense with the additions of safeties Brian Dawkins and Renaldo Hill, as well as Andre Goodman at corner and Andra Davis at outside linebacker.

With the addition of Jabar Gaffney, Denver now has four good receivers unless Marshall has to sit out several games again due to his poor offseason choices again. Of course there is the quarterback dilemma since Cutler is gone. The kicking game was bad last year as well.

Round 1- No. 12: B.J. Raji, nose tackle, or Tyson Jackson, defensive end

Round 1- No. 18: Ray Maulauga, inside Linebacker, or James Laurinaitis

Round 2- Donald Brown, running back, or Shonn Greene

Round 3- No. 74: Rhett Bomar, quarterback, or Graham Harrell

Round 3- No. 79: Sen’Derrick Marks, defensive tackle, or Ron Brace nose tackle

Round 4- No. 114: Ramses Barden, wide receiver, or Jarious Byrd cornerback

Round 5- No. 149: Donald Washington, cornerback, or Taurus Johnson, wide receiver

Round 6- No. 185: Brad Jones, linebacker, or Terrence Taylor, nose tackle

Round 7- No. 225: Jose Martinez, kicker, Graham Gano kicker/punter

Round 7- No. 235: Kyle Moore, defensive end, or Troy Nolan, safety

Raji is the best nose tackle in the draft and the Broncos are changing to a 3-4 defensive scheme. The Broncos might trade down to No. 8 with Jacksonville costing the No. 12 pick and the No. 79 pick (well worth it!).

Rhett Bomar is the true steal of this draft.  Rhett could be a franchise quarterback. He has Elway like zip and is tough as nails. He was a fenom as a freshman at Oklahoma prior to getting kicked off the team for accepting monies for work not performed.

He was and is better than the projected No. 1 Matthew Stafford but because he had to transfer to Sam Houston State, he has slipped under the radar. He is the perfect project for McDaniels.

Donald Washington at No. 5 would be a steal too. He has first-round talent and had a vertical jump of 45 inches, which is a full two inches better than anyone and four inches more than several expected first and second-round selections. Reminiscent of a young Champ Bailey.

Getting two of the following is essential unless there is a trade or a free-agent signing of a major defensive back. B.J. Raji, Rey Maulauga, Tyson Jackson, Brian Cushing, James Laurinaitis or Michael Johnson.

Everything could change by signing free-agent Pro Bowler linebackers Vonnie Holliday or Jason Taylor. Signing one of these two would allow Denver to go after a safety of corner with the No. 18 pick.

Trading our No. 18 to Carolina for another Pro Bowler, Julius Peppers, would be a vast improvement. New England is trying to get him with a No. 2 pick (from Kansas City) but Carolina wants a No. 1 since they have placed the franchise tag on him.

The Broncos could also continue picking defense with the No. 2 pick and hope to land a sleeper running back in the later rounds like the have done in the past. Look for them to do that if there is a stud corner or safety on the board in the second.

Jose Martinez can make the special teams look good by kicking the ball out of the end zone on kickoffs. He kicked a 64-yard field goal at sea level in the humidity that would have cleared 70. Imagine what he could do at a mile high!