- ILB Chris Borland (Wisconsin)
- DE Trent Murphy (Stanford)
- CB Louchiez Purifoy (Florida)
- TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (Washington)
- RB Charles Sims (West Virginia)
If the Broncos do end up taking a pass-rusher in the first round, they could still continue to address the defensive line later in the draft. The second round makes sense for the team to look at a spot that has long been a weak area: middle linebacker.
The team has been searching for a quality middle linebacker since they lost “Smoke Dog” Al Wilson to a neck injury (and subsequent early retirement) in 2006. The team lost attitude when they lost Wilson, and they need to get it back.
Near the end of the second round, the Broncos should consider Chris Borland from Wisconsin.
Watching him at the Senior Bowl, he reminded me of former Dolphins linebacker Zach Thomas. Borland is undersized (5’11”, 245 lbs.) by some standards, but he packs a punch every time he’s on the field. He’s a smart player who can diagnose plays quickly as they unfold in front of him. He can “scrape and flow” effectively to find the ball-carrier down the line of scrimmage. When he arrives at the ball, Borland thumps his opponent.
Borland is also an enforcer who can roam the middle of the field and stuff the run. There are question marks about his ability to play in coverage, and that may drop him to the second or third round of the draft.
Trent Murphy is an option if the team fails to address the defensive line in the first round. He struggled during the week of practice for the Senior Bowl, and that has caused his stock to tumble. He still shows up well on film, and Murphy would be a good replacement for Robert Ayers if he leaves in free agency.
They could address the secondary in the second round by taking another Florida corner that has caught my eye, Louchiez Purifoy. Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins would give them another young, big and strong weapon for the passing game. Running back Charles Sims might be on their radar if Knowshon Moreno leaves in free agency.