Broncos 2013 Mock Draft: Predictions for Day 2 and Beyond
John Elway commented on Williams at a press conference out at Dove Valley:
“We were thrilled that he was there when it finally got to us. You never know these rounds are going to fall, but we were extremely pleased that he was there when we got there. We had [DT Star Lotulelei] and he didn’t get to us, but we were thrilled to see him fall to us. We had him very high on our board so we were thrilled to get him.”
Now that the first pick is in the books for the Broncos, it's time to look ahead to Day 2 of the NFL draft and beyond. Here's a look at some prospects the Broncos could have their eyes on.
Round 2, Pick 58: Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State
The Broncos need to address the cornerback position and look to the future with a guy like Johnthan Banks. He has the size (6'2") and strength to get physical with wide receivers at the line of scrimmage. Banks can click and close on a route quickly when the play is in front of him, and he has the upside to develop into a quality starter.
We could see All Pro cornerback Champ Bailey make a move to free safety next season. The Broncos would be wise to groom a rookie like Banks this year to get him ready as a potential starter in 2014.
Round 3, Pick 90: Le'Veon Bell, RB, Michigan State
Denver has been looking for a big running back to add to the roster.
Mike Klis from the Denver Post reported earlier this year that the team had shown interest in Le'Veon Bell. He's one of the biggest backs in this class, measuring in at 6'2" 230 pounds, and he reminds some of former Giants running back Brandon Jacobs.
Bell isn't a steamroller and has buildup speed and power. If his holes are big, he can make big gains, as he has good footwork and elusiveness for a big man.
John Fox is going to utilize a running back by committee in Denver, and Bell could get a sizable workload, splitting time with second-year running back Ronnie Hillman. The Broncos would then have their own version of "Thunder and Lightning," like when the Giants had Jacobs and Tiki Barber years ago.
Round 4, Pick 122: A.J. Klein, ILB, Iowa State
The Broncos have insisted this offseason that they would have a competition at the middle linebacker spot between Nate Irving and Steven Johnson. That's nice in theory, but the reality is that they need more talent at that position.
Klein is known as a sound open-field tackler and plays with quick diagnostics skills to get to the football. He's a reliable player with a good work ethic and high football intelligence. But Klein would need work on his coverage skills if he wants the starting job in Denver.
The Broncos allowed a league high 11 touchdowns to opposing tight ends in 2012. It's an area the team needs to address if they want to win in the playoffs against teams who feature a tight end like the Patriots.
Round 5, Pick 154: Zac Dysert, QB, Miami (OH)
I've always believed that good teams draft and develop quarterbacks as often as possible. It's the most important position on the field, and there are not 32 quality starters in the league. Teams are constantly looking for that next "diamond in the rough." Dysert could be that diamond for the Broncos.
Dysert isn't known as a scrambler, but he can keep plays alive with his feet while keeping his eyes downfield. Earlier this month, it was reported by the Denver Post that the Broncos held a private workout for Dysert.
They are set at backup quarterback with second-year player Brock Osweiler. However, behind him, they need to add a developmental prospect. Dysert has the tools to be a starter in this league, but he needs to be more consistent as a passer and work on having repeatable mechanics.
Round 7, Pick 218: T.J. Moe, WR, Missouri
This is an outstanding wide receiver class with a ton of depth. The Broncos are set at the top three wide receiver spots (Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker, Eric Decker), but they need better depth at the position. This is why Moe could be a quality addition late in the draft.
Once Blaine Gabbert's favorite target, Moe is a sharp route-runner who knows how to create separation, even though he's not the quickest or fastest. Moe does a good job turning the hips of cornerbacks trying to cover him, and he has a knack for making his break at just the right time.
I watched Moe from the sidelines during the week of practice for the Texas vs. The Nation Game earlier this year and came away impressed. When I talked to Moe at the Scouting Combine, I was sold. This is a guy who will do anything to win and wants to be known as a good pro.