Denver Broncos: 7-Round Predictions, Post Combine

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Denver Broncos: 7-Round Predictions, Post Combine
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The NFL combine came and went over the past week, and with it, the annual overreactions to measurements and 40-yard dash times were prevalent.

Much was made over the fact that Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel measured just a quarter-inch short of 6 feet. Oklahoma State's Justin Gilbert is now considered by's Bucky Brooks to be a possible top-10 selection due to his 4.37 40-yard dash, 35.5-inch vertical and 10'6" broad jump.

Manziel may not be a great NFL quarterback due to his lack of height, and Gilbert may be one of the NFL's best corners over the next decade due to his amazing speed and athleticism, but there is no definitive science of predicting how a football player will transition from college to the pros based upon his measurements or combine numbers.

The Denver Broncos and other NFL teams are aware of this when attending the combine. Buyer beware of NFL combine performances.

Having said that, the combine does provide a lot of first glimpses of what a player is capable of on a firsthand display to NFL teams.

The Broncos still have the same position needs as they did before the combine: cornerback, defensive end, safety, wide receiver, linebacker and possibly depth at running back.

The franchise should be able to address most of these needs with its seven projected selections for the 2014 NFL draft. Here is the Broncos' seven-round mock draft, post-combine edition.

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