Denver Broncos 2013 Mock Draft: Building the Perfect 7-Round Draft
The Denver Broncos own six selections entering April's NFL draft, with picks in every round but the sixth. Coming off a 13-3 season, Denver does not have many holes to fill.
Positions that can be upgraded or use depth, though, include RB, DE, CB, MLB, S, DT and WR.
With those needs in mind, here is a seven-round 2013 mock draft for the Denver Broncos.
Round 1, 28th Overall: Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama
If Lacy falls to the Broncos at No. 28 overall, the Broncos would bewise to select him there. Different mocks have Lacy going from anywhere in the top-10 to all the way down to the second round.
Perhaps he will fall somewhere in the middle, which would be ideal for Denver. The Broncos' passing attack is strong, but their short-yardage rushing attack leaves much to be desired.
The futures of Willis McGahee and Knowshon Moreno are unknown, and the team could certainly use an upgrade at this position. If the team is unable to draft Lacy, selecting a running back later in the draft should be a priority.
Round 2, 58th Overall: Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU
When defensive end Elvis Dumervil signed with the Baltimore Ravens, defensive end quickly shot up Denver's position of need list. One way the team can address that need is through the draft.
Montgomery is projected to go before the third round, and if he is available at No. 58 overall, he would be a perfect second-round selection for Denver. Montgomery can help fill the void at defensive end after recording eight sacks last season at LSU.
Across from second-year man Derek Wolfe, Montgomery would give Denver youth and size (6'3", 262 pounds) at the position.
Round 3, 90th Overall: B.W. Webb, CB, William and Mary
The Broncos want to keep Chris Harris as a nickel cornerback and veteran Champ Bailey is going to turn 35 this summer. Obviously, the cornerback position needs to be addressed.
William and Mary's B.W. Webb could be a fit. Webb's track record includes winning Colonial Athletic Association Defensive Freshman of the Year, second team all-conference at cornerback and third team all-conference as a punt returner in his first season at W&M.
Webb has the potential to fall to the third round, and he would provide good value if selected there.
Round 4, 125th Overall: Jordan Hill, DT, Penn State
As seems to be the case every year, the Broncos can use depth at defensive tackle. That depth does not have to be acquired early in the draft, though, as there are a host of solid tackles that will be available in the mid-rounds.
One of those tackles is Penn State's Jordan Hill, who met with the Broncos a few times at the Senior Bowl, according to a tweet from Andrew Mason. At 6'1", 303 pounds, Hill would provide a nice compliment to Kevin Vickerson on the interior of Denver's 4-3 defensive scheme.
Noted for his hustle and quickness, Hill is valuable against both the run and the pass.
Round 5, 161st Overall: Ryan Swope, WR, Texas A&M
Decker and Thomas will both become free agents at some point over the next two years, and Welker will turn 32 in May. Bringing in another wide receiver to add depth would solidify Denver's receiving corps.
Swope caught 72 passes for 913 yards and eight touchdowns last season. His numbers would only increase with Manning.
Round 7, 234th Overall: Michael Mauti, MLB, Penn State
The Broncos say middle linebacker is not a position of need, but that's not to say the position couldn't use more depth.
Penn State is known as a linebacker factory, and Michael Mauti is their latest edition of middle linebacker. Mauti recorded 97 tackles, four tackles for a loss, 2.5 sacks and three interceptions last season, but a knee injury has hurt his stock.
If his knee checks out, Mauti could end up being a late-round steal.