Welcome to the 2010 NFL offseason. The Broncos will choose either 10th or 11th based on a coin toss in the 2010 NFL Draft.
So much of the Broncos offseason revolves around their decision with Brandon Marshall. Either re-sign him or trade him before he's lost him for nothing after the 2010 season.
Personally, I believe that Marshall is a game-changer and allows the Broncos to alter their offensive game plan. When he is on his game he is a beast, however, when he doesn't do well he can disappear completely. He reminds me a bit of Randy Moss in that regard.
My opinion being stated, I personally believe that resigning Marshall to a five-year contract is a great move. His talent level is exceptional, he is still young, and his size/speed combination is very hard to find.
Come on, the guy made Kyle Orton look good, he deserves to be paid. (Eddie Royal didn't help the decision by having a not so good year.)
Other than Orton, the Broncos don't have many big-name free agents and have a Owner in Pat Bowlen who is unafraid of the uncapped offseason. Look to see the Broncos try aggressively to upgrade their depth through free agency with maybe a single splash made for a LB or Defensive Lineman.
They'd prefer to draft starters through the Draft with players expecting a windfall of cash.
The Broncos defense really took a huge step backwards down the stretch last year. After beginning the season like a top five defense, the run defense looked slow, and our lack of talent on the DL showed.
Elvis Dumervil looks great as an edge rusher and D.J. Williams is a rock at any LB position. Robert Ayers, the Broncos second 2009 first round pick, was decent but really needs to turn it on next year and ignite the pass rush opposite Dumervil. With no DL worth this selection going LB makes the most sense.
Rolando McClain is a beast at linebacker, most likely the best LB prospect in this draft class, McClain can play inside or outside in the NFL (Most likely MLB). He would bring a physical presence to the Broncos LB corps that seemed to be missing last year.
Tenacity is important for a MLB and McClain is a battering ram of tenacity.
McClain's 2009 Stats- 105 total tackles with 14.5 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, 14 QB hurries, 2 interceptions, 3 passes broken up, and a forced fumble.
Awards- 2009 Dick Butkus award, 2009 Lambert Award, 2009 SEC Defensive Player of the Year
Ronald Fields is a backup quality DT. The Broncos DL needs an injection of talent and a true NT would help alot with bringing out the best in the rest of the Broncos defense.
Cam Taylor is a remarkable specimen at DT. Though he may be a bit of a reach here he is swiftly moving up draft boards because of his size and ability to play NT in the 3-4.
At 6'3" 331 pounds, Taylor has the size and strength to take on two OL and that's what the Broncos need. Although his stats aren't that impressive he anchored a better than ranked NC defense.
Taylor's 2009 Stats- 23 tackles, including 2.5 for loss, 3 quarterback pressures, 1 blocked kick, 20 Yd fumble return for touchdown.
Kyle Orton played above expectations last season. However McDaniel's will be looking to bring in his future QB this year. Fresh off the Cutler situation McDaniels couldn't afford to go QB early in the 2009 NFL Draft so now he gets his chance to get his man.
Colt McCoy suffered a minor shoulder injury to end his very illustrious college career. After leading the Longhorns to a 12-0 record and a victory in the Big 12 Championship game, Mccoy was injured in the first quarter of the BCS Championship and unable to return.
McCoy is a smart fundamental quarterback and many doubt he'll last to this point. I put him at this spot but expect the Broncos to trade back into round 2 if he's available after the 10th-15th selection.
He leaves Texas holding nearly every Longhorn passing record and several NCAA records as well which include: Single season completion % and most wins by a starting QB with 45.
Mccoy's 2009 Stats- 3,521 Yards, 27 Tds/12 Ints, 70.6% Completion rate
348 Rushing yards, 3 Td's.
The fourth-seventh round draft picks are unknown exactly due to compensatory picks not having been received as of yet. Estimates have the Broncos with the 23rd pick in the fourth round.
This selection is made with an eye towards the future. If were unable to lock shall into a long-term contract Alexander could turn into a viable option to replace him in the Broncos passing game or play the slot.
At 6'4" 221 pounds Alexander is a big physical receiver who catches well in traffic. With an estimated 43-46'' Vertical Leap and 4.5-4.6 speed Alexander possesses the skill to go up and get the ball as well as the size to break tackles. A lot like Plaxico Burress without the hole in his leg.
Alexander's 2009 Stats- 113 receptions, 1781 Yards, 14 Td's
Estimates have the Broncos selecting around 27th in the sixth round.
Casey Wiegmann really seemed to wear down towards the end of the season and at 37 years old may have seen better years. It's time for the Broncos to upgrade the OL and Jim Crodle can help with that process.
Cordle is Ohio State's most versatile lineman having started once at every OL position. Cordle has excellent size (6'4" 297 pounds) with quick footwork and excellent awareness of schemes. Could play OG or Center in the NFL. Either way Cordle gives the Broncos needed depth on the line.
Estimates have the Broncos selecting 26th in the seventh Round.
The Broncos DL needs some depth across the board. Kenny Peterson isn't starting material and Marcus Thomas is a bust. Rahim Alem is a good back-up with a high-energy pass rushing motor. Not an every down type player without improvement in run support.
At 6'2" 253 pounds with reported 4.7 Speed Alem would make a great third down pass rusher (Which the Broncos desperately need) and bring talented depth to the Broncos DL.
Alem's 2009 Stats- 34 Tackles/8.5 TFL, 4.5 sacks, 5 QB Hurries, 2 Forced Fumbles