My Final Look at the Denver Broncos 2010 Draft
Though I said that my previous mock draft would be my final one, the excitement of the draft made me want to take one more good look at the Broncos options.
Is Tim Tebow on the way?
Much of the Broncos draft talk recently has focused on Florida QB Tim Tebow. Though, I think the Broncos have much more pressing needs at WR and LB, if Josh McDaniels could actually get the best out of Tebow, I'd love to see how he panned out in the NFL.
However, if McDaniels uses a second-round pick on Tebow, and he doesn't pan out. It could very well signal the beginning of the end for McDaniels in Denver.
Wide Receiver without Brandon Marshall
Eddie Royal is currently the best receiving option on the Broncos roster. At 5'10", 182-pounds, Royal isn't exactly a No. 1 receiving threat. Royal's skill set is better utilized playing second-receiver or in the slot, and McDaniels is well aware of it.
This draft is extremely deep with talented wide receivers. From the second to the fourth rounds, the talent of receivers represents great value across the board.
Other than Royal—Jabar Gaffney, Kenny McKinley, Brandon Lloyd, and Matt Willis don't exactly strike fear into defenses.
The Broncos did well to patch the defensive line through free agency.
This allowed them to focus on a talent depleted offense, and a defense in need of a play maker or two. The only position of serious worry on the Broncos roster right now is a center.
Casey Weigmann signed with Chiefs shortly after being released by the Broncos. Since then, the Broncos have done nothing to upgrade the position.
One rumor I've heard is starting Seth Olsen and Chris Kuper at guard, Ryan Clady and Ryan Harris at tackle, and Russ Hochstein playing center.
Though that scenario may be viable, Hochstein is hardly the type of player you anchor an offensive line around.
The Broncos could do well to add some depth to to offensive line later in the draft.
With only seven picks, it'll be interesting to see if the Broncos attempt to trade from 11th to acquire more choices in the second and third round.
The Broncos also need to find a center that can compete for the starting job in camp. Matt Tennant, JD Walton, and Maurice Pouncey are all names connected to the Broncos this off-season.
So without further ado:
Let's take a look at how things could play out for the Broncos.
I've thrown in a predicted trade as well for the first time. The Broncos have many options with their first-round 11th pick, but they need to acquire more draft picks if at all possible.
Seven picks just isn't enough when you need an injection of talent and depth across the board.
Round One Pick 11: Traded to Philadelphia Eagles
Broncos trade Round 1, Pick 11 to Philadelphia Eagles for Eagles Round 1, Pick 24, Round 2, Pick 23, and Round 3, Pick 24.
Round 1 Pick 24: LB Sergio Kindle-Texas
I previously had Sean Weatherspoon mocked here, however, after reviewing the draft board, Kindle at #24 is more likely. If the Giants can't get Rolando Mcclain, Weatherspoon will be their choice at #15.
Kindle is everything the Broncos expected to get from Ayers last season. With excellent size (6'4 240 Pounds) and a non-stop motor, Kindle would be a nice upgrade over Clark Haggans/Wesley Woodyard on the outside.
Kindle has elite pass-rushing skills, pairing him with Dumervil at LB would give the Broncos defense another defender capable of creating chaos for opponents. Decent coverage skills, good hands, and great instincts, Kindle would be a great choice at #24.
This pick could also be viewed as insurance. Dumervil has yet to sign his restricted free agency tender, and may be looking to holdout. In any event, if the Broncos are unable to re-sign him next season, Kindle and Ayers would be ready to take over.
Round 2 Pick Pick 11: WR Damian Williams- USC
With Brandon Marshall shipped to the Dolphins, the Broncos desperately need to address the talent of their wide receiver corps.
Though not the biggest receiving prospect at 6'1", 195-pounds, Williams has all the tools you look for in a No. 1 receiver.
He catches everything that moves, goes up to get the ball, excellent field vision with the ball in his hands, and by far the best route runner in this draft. Williams is part of the reason Mark Sanchez garnered so much attention last year in the draft.
Damian's improved every year since entering college and appears to show no signs of stopping. He would be a excellent addition to the Broncos offense.
Round 2 Pick 13: Traded to Cleveland Browns
Broncos trade Round 2, Pick 13 to Cleveland Browns (Yes, in my opinion for Colt McCoy) for Browns Round 3, Pick 8, Round 3, Pick 22, and Round 5, Pick 3
Round 2 Pick 23: QB Tim Tebow- Florida
Though I don't agree with the choice. I have a feeling it could very well happen.
McDaniels seems enamored with the kid. He'd sell tickets, give the Broncos offense a weapon it could surely use, and has the potential to be one of the steals of the draft.
If Tebow becomes great, everyone calls McDaniels a genius, if he busts, it could cost McDaniels his job.
Let's see if McDaniels is willing to face that possibility on draft day.
Either way Tebow is a beast. He could instantly contribute at TE, slot receiver, and in the "Wild Horses" formation. McDaniels would find ways to get the ball into his hands.
Round 3 Pick 8: ILB Brandon Spikes- Florida
Before anyone asks, no I'm not a Florida Gators fan. Actually, I like Michigan.
Brandon Spikes is a player who's seen his draft stock go down more than anyone else since the end of the season. Once rated as the 2nd best ILB in the draft, a bad pro day showing teamed with a unspectacular combine have people questioning his work ethic and athleticism.
A 5.04 40 yard dash time is the biggest reason he falls to the 3rd round. I understand that sometimes a players measureables can be lacking, however, some things can't be measured.
Spikes was a big play waiting to happen at Florida. Spikes shows a knack for being in the right place, reads and dissects plays quickly, uses the proper angle to get to the ball carrier and makes solid tackles. Easily one of the best pure tacklers in the draft, Spikes would be a steal here in the 3rd round and could start as a rookie for the Broncos.
Round 3 Pick 16:WR Eric Decker- Minnesota
Eric Decker is another player who can contribute to the Broncos immediately. Great size at 6'2 215 pounds, Decker has the ability to develop into a solid No.2 or slot receiver.
How Decker's recovered from surgery to repair torn ligaments in his foot may play into this choice, but his ability cannot be questioned. If he wouldn't have suffered the injury last season, he be a possible round 1, definite round 2, selection.
Great hands, great size, great at catching the ball in traffic. Decker has all the tools needed to become a great receiver. Though he doesn't have elite speed or route running ability, Deckers' a complete package that finds ways to get open, get yards, and move the chains. Much like Anquan Boldin in his playing style.
(Another interesting Tidbit is that Decker was actually drafted in the 8th round of the MLB draft by the Milwaukee Brewers).
Round 3 Pick 22: OC J.D. Walton- Baylor
JD Walton would be an excellent pick and should be available at this point.
An amazing run-blocker, Walton excels at getting to the second level, gets excellent leverage off the snap, and sustain blocks well. Walton does need to work on his pass protection skills, however, to become a full-time starter in the NFL.
Round 3 Pick 24: DT Linval Joseph- ECU (East Caroline University)
One player who saw his stock improve this off-season was Linval Joseph.
Typical size to play nose-tackle in the 3-4, Joseph would give the Broncos someone to rotate with Williams to keep the number of snaps he plays down.
At 6'6", 322-pounds, Joseph is a big fella'. He sheds blocks well, an excellent wrap-up tackler, and clogs his lanes effectively. Not an effective pass rusher, however, has good awareness and gets his hands up.
Would give the Broncos a possible replacement for Williams after the season, depending on how he performs.
Round 4 Pick 16: WR Danario Alexander- Missouri
Danario Alexander may be the closest thing to Brandon Marshall in this draft.
At 6'5", 215-pounds, Alexander is one of the most physical receivers in this draft. Not a speedster, but he has amazing open field skills.
Alexander spins well, sheds blocks well, and doesn't run out of bounds. He goes up for the ball and willing to run through the middle of the field.
Like Marshall, he's a low-ranked receiver because of the college he played at. He has a history of injuries, but just too much talent to pass on at this point.
The Broncos need bodies at receiver and Alexander makes an amazing red-zone target.
Round 5 Pick 3: OT/OG Shawn Lauvao- Arizona State
Shawn Lauvao is another player that's being mentioned often when it comes to the Denver Broncos.
An extremely versatile player with experience at tackle and guard, Lauvao could come in and provide depth across the offensive line.
Lauvao needs to improve his run-blocking skills, but is a solid pass-blocker. Explosive off the snap, Lauvao may be one of the hardest workers in the draft.
He never gives up on a block, and has good lateral movement as well.
Round 5 Pick 6: CB Perrish Cox- Oklahoma State
Perrish Cox is a player who represents the ultimate boom or bust in my view.
Great size for a corner, (6'1", 195-pounds) Cox has the talent level needed to become a shutdown corner in the NFL. A good tackler, who is physical off the line with good speed as well.
He could also contribute to the Broncos immediately with his ability to return kicks.
Cox was suspended by Oklahoma State for the Cotton Bowl. It was reported he violated curfew. (I've done that a few times)
With the proper mentor (Champ Bailey), and proper structure, Cox could be the steal of the draft and possible replacement for Bailey in a few years.
Round 6 Pick 14: RB Charles Scott- LSU
Charles Scott is a player the Broncos need to draft.
Scott is a pure north and south running back, and excels at his role. He doesn't attempt to dance or avoid tackles, but instead hits the gap with an explosiveness quite impressive for a man his size (5'11", 228-pounds).
Scott may be the best short-yardage back in the draft.
He understands his role and what he is good at, utilizes his talents to the best of his advantage, and is almost impossible to stop one-on-one in the open field.
Pairing him with Knowshon Moreno would give the Broncos a solid set of young running backs.
Round 1, Pick 24: LB Sergio Kindle- Texas
Round 2, Pick 11: WR Damian Williams- USC
Round 2, Pick 23: QB Tim Tebow- Florida
Round 3, Pick 8: ILB Brandon Spikes- Florida
Round 3, Pick 16: WR- Eric Decker-Minnesota
Round 3, Pick 22: C J.D. Walton- Baylor
Round 3, Pick 24: DT Linval Joseph- ECU
Round 4, Pick 16: WR Danario Alexander- Missouri
Round 5, Pick 3: OT/OG Shawn Lauvao- Arizona State
Round 5, Pick 6: CB Perrish Cox- Oklahoma State
Round 6, Pick 14: RB Charles Scott- LSU
Offensive Depth Chart:
WR E.Decker Clady/Olsen/Walton/Kuper/Harris WR D.Williams
WR E.Royal QB K.Orton TE D.Graham WR D.Alexander
FB S.Larsen HB K.Moreno/C.Scott
Defensive Depth Chart:
CB A. Smith J. Green/J.Williams/J.Bannan CB C.Bailey
FS D.McBath SS B.Dawkins
All in all, this draft would work wonders for the Denver Broncos.
Adding Tebow to the mix with Brady Quinn and Kyle Orton would give the Broncos three talented QB's. Tim Tebow could contribute in special packages and as a TE while he learns the offense.
Kindle, Spikes, Williams, and Walton could all become Week One starters.
Obtaining four starters in one draft class would definitely be a success. Especially with the three receivers. Having a competition between Alexander, Royal, Decker, and Williams would give the Broncos four young talented receivers to build McDaniels' offense around.
The fact Decker, Alexander, and Williams all have different receiving styles should make for interesting matchup problems we can create for defenses. This draft is deep at receiver and the Broncos need to capitalize on the late round talent available.
Other draft selections like Tebow, Scott, Lauvao, Joseph, Cox, and Wright would give the Denver Broncos solid depth. Wright and Cox could immediately contribute on special teams.
If we could somehow acquire 10 or 11 picks in the draft, next year's team could definitely be in better position.