The Denver Broncos may be interested in adding pass-rusher Dee Ford with their first-round pick. He’s a disruptive player who could learn a lot from the veterans on the roster.
Despite not working out at the combine due to medical reasons, he has been making the most of the predraft process.
Earlier this year, he was a standout player during the week of practice for the 2014 Senior Bowl. Ford made plays in one-on-one drills, during scrimmage and in the game.
At the Tigers pro day on March 4, he continued to show off his incredible skill set for scouts in attendance. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.59 and 4.63 seconds. He had a 35.5” vertical jump and a 10’4” broad jump. His short shuttle was 4.73 seconds, and his time in the three-cone drill was 7.07 seconds.
In addition to timed speed, Ford impressed with his strength. He put up 29 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press.
Ford is likely to be available near the end of the first round, and he would be a fine pick for the Broncos. Aside from him, the Broncos could have had an eye on other players at Auburn’s pro day.
Cornerback Chris Davis could help the Broncos in a couple of different ways. First, he’d give them depth at the position and more competition for sub-package corners like Kayvon Webster and Tony Carter. Second—and perhaps most importantly—he would be an incredible return man for the Broncos. He’s currently seen as a fourth-round pick.
Running back Tre Mason would be a surprise pick by the Broncos. With Montee Ball likely set as the starter in 2014, adding another back might not seem like the way to go. However, John Fox has done something like this before.
After selecting DeAngelo Williams in the first round of the 2006 NFL draft, Fox’s Panthers selected Jonathan Stewart in the first round of the 2008 NFL draft. It wouldn’t be crazy to think the Broncos might want more competition at the position, especially with Knowshon Moreno unlikely to return in free agency.
Mason is a player who runs bigger than his size (205 pounds). He is a creative runner who can make defenders miss in the open field due to his incredible balance. He may not be a full-time starter, but he's a fantastic pick as a committee runner. He's currently seen as a second-round pick.