The consensus is that the Denver Broncos will take an A-grade into Round 2 of the Draft.
Von Miller brings a lot of hope and excitement to a Broncos defense that was ranked last in total sacks in 2010, but first in total god-awfulness.
With his speed, freak athleticism and fiery play, Miller can combine with the reliable DJ Williams and a healthy Elvis Dumervil to create a formidable front seven. Though that seven is really just five at this point, since Denver still lacks defensive tackles.
Well, not unless the plan is to start Mitch Unrein and Kevin Vickerson at DT, and then rotate in Louis Leonard—those are the only three interior lineman on the Broncos roster at this point.
I suspect that Unrein does not draw the same kind of optimism that Miller does, so yes the Broncos will look for a defensive tackle in the second or third round.
Will there be any potential starters in the sixth or seventh rounds, when the Broncos resume drafting (the Broncos don’t have picks in the third and fourth rounds)? Possibly.
But my money is on the Broncos drafting one tomorrow and looking at who is still available now that the first round has concluded, they should have a very nice selection to choose from.
But what about safety and cornerback? And when do the Broncos switch gears and look at offense? A tight end, a running back or maybe a tackle to replace Ryan Harris, since he could be traded once that sort of NFL business resumes.
Thankfully Broncos fans, there are quite a few names to consider in the second round of the 2011 Draft.
Let’s look over the list of players that may hear their names called by the Broncos tomorrow.
Cornerback: Brandon Harris (Miami), Aaron Williams (Texas) and Ras-I Dowling (Virginia).
Harris is a bit undersized compared to the other top cornerbacks in this draft, but he is a very dependable tackler, and operates the best in man coverage.
Aaron Williams was ranked as a first round talent, so he could be a great value pick for the Broncos. Dowling has a lot of upside but there are durability concerns because of injuries to his legs.
Should Dowling fall to the Broncos in the third round, then that would truly be an absolute steal and worth the risk. He is a very talented athlete with great size and speed.
Safety: Rahim Moore (UCLA) and Ahmad Black (Florida).
Rahim Moore is the top rated safety in this draft, and has been tied to the Broncos on a number of mock drafts, so that could still be a possibility.
I love watching Ahmad Black play. He is undersized for a safety (5’10”, 184), but he is extremely high on intangibles and is very productive player.
I like to think of him as Tim Tebow at free safety; people keep counting him out and he keeps proving them wrong. He could be a great story in the NFL.
DE and DT: Da’Quan Bowers (DE, Clemson), Stephen Paea (DT, Oregon State), Jurrel Casey (DL, USC), Allen Bailey (DL, Miami) and Marvin Austin (North Carolina).
Bowers was expected to fall, but this far? If he is available when the Broncos come up again at pick No. 36 does the team take a chance on this highly skilled player?
Even if Bowers can only give the team five good seasons, is it worth it? It might be. That could be a dream scenario to land both Von Miller and Bowers in one draft. Paea and Austin also look like great fits as defensive tackles for the Broncos; Paea would provide help against the run, and Austin could be a very disruptive force overall.
I also really like Allen Bailey because of his versatility: He could play both defensive end or defensive tackle for the Broncos.
Tight end: Kyle Rudolph (Notre Dame), Lance Kendricks (Wisconsin) and Luke Stocker (Tennessee).
It was predicted by many that Rudolph would fall to the Broncos range in the second round, but will a team snag him up before the Broncos can? If so, I think both Kendricks and Stocker would be very good picks.
The Broncos may come away with one of these three players. They all have a lot of potential.
Running back: Ryan Williams (Virginia Tech) and Mikel LeShoure (Illinois).
I’m a huge LeShoure fan and would love to see the Broncos select him, but I don’t think many Broncos fans would be happy with Elway if the team selects both a running back and one of the above-mentioned tight ends in the second round.
It may have to be one or the other.
Ryan Williams is also a name to consider; he was a first round player who fell because running backs are in short demand at this point.
The Broncos may also look at drafting a running back towards the bottom of the draft.
That’s the list and tomorrow we will know for sure who will be the Broncos picks in the second round. Who would you want the Broncos to draft? Did I leave anyone out?