I think I have an idea of the type of players The crystal ball I am working with tells me there is not much of a shot at B.J. Raji or Aaron Curry with the 12th pick.
So the thought is that the first two picks (12 and 18) probably have to be used for a DT/DE and a linebacker, and the Broncos will do well no matter what order things come their way. I'm personally optimistic that it wil be all good.
D.J. Williams can play anywhere, so the best available linebacker with either of the first two picks makes sense, and then the most appropriate defensive tackle with the either of the other picks. The Broncos can optimize.
Without a nose tackle in the first two picks, it looks as though they probably have to come away with a nose tackle with the third or fourth picks (48 or 78).
If Brace is available, they can pick an appropriate cornerback, safety or both with their fourth pick. If Brace is not available with the third pick, then they can pick an appropriate cornerback or safety with their third pick, and choose from the remaining nose tackle options (Baker, Hill or other) with the fourth pick.
The fourth or fifth (85) picks are almost fungible, so if a few nose tackle options are still there at 78, they may want to choose a quarterback or receiver.
In this manner, the most pressing needs are addressed, and there should plenty of talent available for the fifth through seventh picks and they can look for good depth anywhere they want to.
Does this make sense?
This is going to be an interesting and fun draft, that's for sure.
I'd go pretty wild for this:
12/18 Maulauga/Peria Jerry/James or Laurinitis/Tyson Jackson
48. Sean Smith
78. Chris Baker/Sammie Lee Hill
I'd like to know who you think are the best/most likely first four picks?