4 Players Denver Broncos Should Target on Day 3
In the first round, the Broncos added a defensive tackle (Sylvester Williams, 28th overall). In the second round, the team landed a NCAA-recording-breaking running back (Montee Ball, 58th overall) and in third round, the team selected a little-known cornerback with a lot of upside (Kayvon, Webster 90th overall).
That arguably leaves defensive end, wide receiver, backup quarterback and middle linebacker as the top four remaining positions of need. But the Broncos have a lot of wiggle room—there is no need for the team to reach for a need because as it currently stands, the roster needs few revisions.
And there aren't expected to be many "reach" picks as we enter the fourth round and beyond; the talent level will begin to drop off considerably from the top rounds.
Let's take a look a four potential targets for Denver on Day 3.
Alex Okafor, DE, Texas
In the first round, the Broncos were targeting cornerbacks, defensive ends and defensive tackles. They picked Williams (a DT) with their first selection and landed Webster (a CB) with their third pick.
Defensive end is still to be addressed.
Texas' Alex Okafor probably won't fall to the Broncos' 125th fourth-round pick, but he would probably be considered a steal if he did. Including the Valero Alamo Bowl, Okafor, a defensive end/outside linebacker hybrid, notched 12.5 sacks in 11 games last season.
The Broncos like Derek Wolfe and Robert Ayers, but the 6'4", 264-pound Okafor would add a nice element to Denver's defensive front. If the Broncos ultimately do not draft a defensive end and still feel that the position needs to be addressed, there's always free agent Dwight Freeney.
There are plenty of options out there.
Ryan Swope, WR, Texas A&M
Because Peyton Manning doesn't have enough weapons.
Last fall, Wes Welker, Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker and Montee Ball combined to score 51 touchdowns in the pros and at the collegiate level. It doesn't seem fair to the rest of the NFL, but they may not even be done adding targets for Manning.
After Welker, the Broncos have little depth at the wide receiver position (although Andre Caldwell would like you to know he intends to be more involved this season). There are a few journey receivers that may impress in training camp (keep an eye on Greg Orton), but the position can use more talent below the No. 3 spot.
Watch for Texas A&M product Ryan Swope, a 6'0", 205-pound receiver who ran a 4.34 40-yard dash at the combine and bench pressed 225 pounds 16 times. Last season, Swope caught 72 passes for 913 yards and eight touchdowns.
Swope would be a perfect fit for Denver, perhaps learning under Welker to become the team's slot receiver when Brock Osweiler takes over in a few years.
Zac Dysert, QB, Miami (OH)
The Broncos have their backup and quarterback of the future in Brock Osweiler. But if Osweiler ever was needed to start, he would be backed up by...who knows?
Denver does not have a No. 3 quarterback on the roster, and they need one. The team may choose to sign one as an undrafted free agent following the draft, but Miami's Zac Dysert is another option.
Dysert is a 6'3", 231-pound QB who threw for 3,483 yards and 25 touchdowns last season at Miami.
Another option may be Michigan's Denard Robinson, but not as a quarterback. The Broncos need wide receiver depth, and Robinson could provide.
Robinson also has quarterback experience (obviously) and would allow the Broncos to officially carry just two QBs on game day without having to worry about who would backup Osweiler if such a scenario becomes reality.
Denver may be leaning toward an undrafted free agent, but Dysert and Robinson provided two intriguing prospects.
David Quessenberry, OT, San Jose St.
There have been rumblings of right tackle Orlando Franklin moving inside, and left tackle Ryan Clady is recovering from shoulder surgery and is yet to sign his one-year franchise tag.
In an ideal world, both Franklin and Clady will return to form in 2013 and help protect quarterback Peyton Manning on the outsides this fall. But depth at the position couldn't hurt.
David Quessenberry is an offensive tackle from San Jose St. who ran a 5.08 40-yard dash at the combine and bench pressed 225 pounds 25 times. He is 6'5", 302 pounds and give the team nice depth at the position.
The final rounds of the 2013 NFL draft will kick off at Noon ET. Who do you want to see Denver target on Day 3?
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