2011 NFL Draft: Denver Broncos 7-Round Mock Draft with Analysis
The Denver Broncos have cut ties with Josh McDaniels and with John Fox and John Elway, are slowly looking to repair the once proud franchise.
The biggest question this offseason for Denver has been whether or not they roll with second year quarterback Tim Tebow, or try starting over yet again by drafting a signal caller in this year's draft. We can't know the "Johns" motives at this point, but you'd have to think with all the chatter, Denver is adding a new passer to the heap at some point in this draft.
Round One (Pick Two) - Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama
Denver's defense was a pretty sad sight in 2010, and was already falling apart in the middle of 2009. Unless John Elway and co. shock the world by picking a top quarterback prospect here, the Broncos need to really think hard about which defensive position needs the most work.
I think with Champ Bailey coming back, they can still attack the corner position later in this draft, and then go higher at corner in 2012. For this year, it doesn't seem responsible to pass up an inside beast like Dareus when their interior defense gets pushed around so easily. This pick alone could completely change their defense.
Which round does Denver pick a QB?
Brooks Reed may very well be gone at this point. He's a first round talent, and someone could easily reach for him before the second round. However, if he's anywhere near this pick, Denver could make a move via trade, or possibly sit tight and have him fall right into their laps.
He's not on Clay Matthews' level yet, but he's made in that same mold. The Broncos beef up their run defense in round one and add a pass rush specialist in the second round to garner some extra pressure.
Round Two (Pick 46) - Davon House, CB, New Mexico State
Champ Bailey is back, but he won't be around forever and Denver could still use the extra talent and depth in the secondary. House is a very gifted corner that should still be around in the second round, and would make a solid addition to the defense. Snagging a potential starter like House here makes up for not grabbing Patrick Peterson with the second overall pick in the first round. Well, almost.
Round Three (Pick 67) - Danny Watkins, OG, Baylor
For all the talk about drafting another passer within the first three rounds, I think it'll end up being a smoke screen. Denver can certainly add a quarterback in the final two rounds as a pet project, but at this point, most of the good ones should be gone. In that case, Denver might as well add some solid depth to their offensive line.
Watkins is 27, but he's fundamentally sound and versatile, so he should be ready to contribute almost immediately. Andy Dalton of TCU would be a close second at this spot, but something tells me he could be gone before the third round.
Round Four - No Selections
Round Five - No Selections
Round Six (Pick 184) - Greg McElroy, QB, Alabama
McElroy isn't really that special of a player, but he has a great cerebral game and really knows how to win. His physical attributes are all average or slightly above average, but he still has the size and tools needed to be effective at the next level. If nothing else, McElroy is a proven winner who has played well against top competition, which could be just what John Elway is looking for.
Round Seven (Pick 194) - Adrian Taylor, DT, Oklahoma
Taylor gives Denver another body to throw on the line. As previously mentioned, their run defense needs work, and their defensive line as a whole could use more depth. Taylor probably isn't an immediate impact player, but for a guy in the seventh round, he has solid value.
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