Denver Broncos Mock Draft: Post-Free Agency Predictions for Every Round
The Denver Broncos have certainly had an up-and-down offseason.
After making one of the biggest splashes in free agency when they signed (ESPN) wide receiver Wes Welker, the team lost out on Elvis Dumervil and his 63.5 career sacks when he bolted for the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens.
According to Mike Klis of the Denver Post, Dumervil took an inferior deal to play in Baltimore.
The Broncos can now turn their full attention to the NFL draft, which takes place in just over three weeks.
What will the team do with the six picks it has at its disposal? Click forward for a round-by-round preview.
First Round: Alex Okafor, Defensive End, Texas
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Though the Broncos could still bring in a veteran pass-rusher such as Dwight Freeney or John Abraham, they probably already would have if they really wanted one or the other.
There really is no player the Broncos must try to draft in the latter part of the first round as they have a well-rounded roster for the most part.
Middle linebacker would be a possibility at No. 28 if a guy like Kevin Minter is still available.
Still, you can never have too many good pass-rushers and that is what Alex Okafor is.
He is a quick, athletic player who displays several moves in getting to the quarterback.
He had 12.5 sacks his senior season including an incredible performance in the Valero Alamo Bowl where he came up with 4.5 sacks in that game alone against Oregon State.
Okafor would not be an immediate replacement for Dumervil. but he would give the Broncos a strong stable of young pass-rushers along with Derek Wolfe and Jeremy Beal.
Second Round: Jon Bostic, Linebacker, Florida
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Despite having two great linebackers in Von Miller and Wesley Woodyard, the Broncos could use more depth, especially at the middle linebacker position.
Finding a quality option in the draft would allow the team to part ways with Joe Mays, which it may do anyway.
Jon Bostic out of Florida would be an excellent choice.
Some analysts have Bostic ranked as a middle-round selection, but he could be one of the steals of the entire draft.
With a solid performance at the NFL Scouting Combine that included strong times in the 40-yard dash (4.61 seconds), 3-cone drill (6.99 seconds) and 20-yard shuttle (4.24 seconds), Bostic likely answered some of his critics.
What was the Broncos' biggest deficiency on defense last season? Covering the tight end.
That is an area where Bostic could provide a lift and he would be a huge upgrade in pass-coverage over Mays.
While the team may still go with Nate Irving or Steven Johnson to start the season, Bostic would be a nice addition to the linebacker corps.
Third Round: Le'Veon Bell, Running Back, Michigan State
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The Broncos would like to have a running back who can come in and grind out tough yardage and wear out defenses in their fast-paced, no-huddle system.
Bell would not be an every-down player until he became better in pass protection and catching the ball out of the backfield, but he would provide that hard-nosed, change-of-pace style player that could fit quite well in new offensive coordinator Adam Gase's offense.
Fourth Round: Dallas Thomas, Offensive Lineman, Tennessee
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If he is still available when the Broncos come up in the fourth round, Dallas Thomas would be a good choice.
Thomas is a very athletic lineman who has experience playing multiple positions.
He is solid in both pass- and run-blocking and shows the ability to get to the second level of the defense.
Thomas is also very nimble for his size (6'5", 306 pounds).
Behind starters Ryan Clady and Orlando Franklin, the Broncos have just Chris Clark and Paul Cornick as reserves.
Thomas would add depth to the offensive line, giving the Broncos a player that can line up on the outside or inside of the line.
Fifth Round: Josh Boyd, Defensive Tackle, Mississippi State
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Still, the Broncos need more help at the position and a late-round selection of Josh Boyd would make sense.
Boyd is a stout run-defender who would be a great rotational player for the defense.
He has shown the ability to drop back into space and, despite his size (6'3", 310 pounds), is very mobile and able to make plays away from the line of scrimmage.
Boyd would be an ideal fit in short-yardage situations.
Sixth Round: No Pick
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Due to a 2011 trade that saw the Broncos acquire former first-round pick Broderick Bunkley from the Philadelphia Eagles, the team has no pick in the sixth round this year.
Bunkley spent just one season in Denver, netting just 43 tackles without a sack.
Seventh Round: Miguel Maysonet, Running Back, Stony Brook
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Another running back? Yes, and If you haven't heard of Miguel Maysonet, you will.
Maysonet comes from the small Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, New York where last season, Maysonet had a staggering 1,964 yards rushing and 21 touchdowns.
Maysonet shows incredible speed to go with a non-stop motor. He sees the hole and hits it and never stops moving his legs.
At only 5'9", Maysonet is able to absorb hits and shows strong determination in his running ability.
He would have to show an ability to catch passes and chip in on pass-rushers, but he has the potential to be that late-round gem in this year's draft.