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Orange Crush II Official Mock Draft

1a (12): Everette Brown, OLB/DE Florida State 6-2, 256 40 Time: 4.73 He will be our Merriman/Suggs. 1b (18): Rey Maualuga, ILB USC 6-2, 249 40 Time: 4.70 Sean Smith and Moreno are hard to say no to, but the stars of the 3-4 defenses are the LBs, and we are positioned to draft a star for the middle of our defense. I drafted him on the theory that if our front seven can stop the run and pressure the QB (also one of Rey’s talents), everything else will fall into place. Elvis, DJ, Rey, and Brown could become a Ravens/Steelers-like force on defense. 2 (48): Fili Moala, DT USC 6-4, 305 40 Time: 5.09 Best 5-technique DT available. Should be a stalwart Ty Warren-like player. Not the best fit for the 1-gap system, but not a bad one either. He still fills a major need. I wanted to take Percy Harvin, but he apparently is hanging out with Ricky Williams these days. 3a (79): Sammie Lee Hill, NT/DT Stillman 6-4, 329 40 Time: 5.11 We need an NT candidate and another DT candidate. Hill could be used at either position. Again, not a great fit for a 1-gap system, but he could develop into a legitimate NT, and has the versatility to play anywhere on the defensive line. Given the nature of the DT talent available, I think that Mike Nolan should consider a 2-gap system. 3b (84): Kraig Urbik, OGWisconsin 6-5, 328 40 Time: 5.25 IMHO we badly need to upgrade the LG position. Ben Hamilton is a warrior, but he is aging and very vulnerable to the bull rush. Urbik does it all. He is difficult to bull rush, pulls, traps, and does a good job in pass protection. He is also tough and smart. 4 (114): David Bruton, S Notre Dame 6-2, 219 40 Time: 4.46 Described as a center fielder, he has the versatility to play both FS and SS. He also has been a special teams stud as a gunner. 5 (149): Vaughn Martin, NTWestern Ontario 6-3, 331 40 Time: 5.15 Might seem like overkill to draft both Hill and Martin, but if either develop into a starting quality NT, they could save us the need to draft one next year. That would be a major advantage for us, and worth a 5th round pick to me. This is a reach according to most projections, but given the demand for NTs, I think that we have to select him in the 5th or we won’t be able to select him at all. 6 (185): Joe Burnett, CB/KR/PR Central Florida 5-9, 192 40 Time: 4.51 Drafted primarily for his return skills, he could develop into an Ellis Hobbs-like DB (5-9 195), and contribute despite his less than ideal size. Projected as a 5th round pick, I am gambling that he will be available at this point. Bruce Johnson, CB/KR/PR from Miami (FL) is my backup plan. 7a (225): Quan Cosby, WR/KR Texas 5-9, 198 40 Time: 4.48 A deep threat with return skills, he fills two needs. He should be a good backup to Eddie Royal and help keep Eddie Royal healthy by keeping him out of the return business. 7b (235): Dallas Reynolds, C BYU 6-5, 328 40 Time: 5.28 Versatile, has the potential to play every position on the offensive line. Has a reputation as a leader and could allow Denver to add some much needed power to the interior of its offensive line in the future. UDFA: Chris Pizzotti, QB Harvard 6-5, 225 40 Time: 4.92 He has the size that McD covets. Given his alma mater, he probably has the intellect as well. Needs to develop, but Brady and Cassell were also once Ugly Ducklings. UDFA: Jaison Williams, WR Oregon 6-4, 237 40 Time: 4.47 Definitely a project, but Denver needs a possession receiver to backup Brandon Marshall. Williams has the measureables, but may not have the hands to make it in the NFL.

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