Before I show my 1st mock draft of the season, I do want to talk about yesterday's game a bit. After an embarrassing day, I believe 2 things:
-McDaniels is on the hot seat. But his seat won't explode until this off season at the earliest. After a lot of knee jerking yesterday, I realize it would be stupid to cut ship with McD during the season. We should and we will play the season out. I do believe McD can be fired if we end the season with 6-10 or worse. I'm not saying he WILL be fired, but he COULD be.
- The whole team needs depth and upgrades. From top to bottom, almost every category needs more quality players. We will not be able to fix all these positions in next year's free agency and draft alone. It will take 2 years until we have a full and complete team that is ready to be compete for the Super Bowl. If we fire McD, it will probably take a longer depending on the new coach's scheme and philosophy.
With that being said, let's talk try to upgrade some of these positions in the 2011 draft.
A couple notes:
- Denver is currently projected to finish in the bottom 10 of the league. We are currently the 7th worst team according to record. So I will project us to have the 7th pick in the 2011 draft.
-Miami's pick will be 14th overall in the draft based on current standings. So we will get the 14th pick in the 2nd round.
-This mock will have no trade downs
7th Overall Pick
With the 7th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, The Denver Broncos select:
If we are picking this high, Champ Bailey isn't going to come back. He is going to leave for a championship contender which we obviously aren't. We have Goodman, Cox, Nate Jones, Squid, and Vaughn. Goodman and Cox are the only CB's who are good in that list. Prince Amukamara is one of the best CB prospects to come out in a long time. There are very few weaknesses in his game. He has the size at 6 ft 1, 200 lbs. He has great instincts and is a play maker. He has great footwork and is a highly competitive player.
Prince steps in and immediately helps ease the loss of Champ. A team of Cox and Prince would give us a deadly CB duo headed into the future.
Prince Amukamara vs. Texas (2009)
With the 39th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos select:
Christian Ballard, DE, Iowa
The Broncos need some youth and speed on their D-Line and Ballard fits both criteria. He stands at 6 ft 5, 297 lbs, he has reportedly ran a 4.8 40 yard time which is very impressive for a DE. Ballard is very quick off the ball. He shows great instincts and keeps producing at Iowa. He has 128 career tackles and 9 career sacks.
Ballard is a hard working guy who is always giving all out effort. His rare combination of size and speed make him more attractive then Allen Bailey because we can get Ballard in the 2nd while Bailey is a 1st round lock. Ballard is a solid pass rusher and a very good run stopper. He is exactly what we need on our D-Line.
Check out this (low quality) video of Ballard exploding out of the snap and sacking the Wisconsin QB in 2009.
With the 46th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft the Denver Broncos select:
Kelvin Sheppard, MLB, LSU
If you are going to be reading my mocks, get used to this name. I don't think there is 1 player I want more than Kelvin Sheppard. Just listen to his stats. In his career, this guy has 268 tackles, 4 forced fumbles, and 5 sacks. Those are insane numbers. Sheppard is a tackling machine. He flies all over the place. He is also very intelligent with good instincts. His defensive coordinator said, "As long as I've coached this game, I don't know that I've coached a young man smarter than Kelvin Sheppard".
Read the rest of the article.
Additionally, he is an unquestioned leader. He is fiery and knows how to motivate his teammates. He is often texting them during the week making sure they are prepared for the game. He stands at 6 ft 3, 240lbs and is everything I want in my MLB.
With the 71st pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos select:
At 6 ft 2, 200 lbs, Jaiquawn Jarrett has developed the reputation as one of the hardest hitters in college football. He is a fiery competitor who has very nice instincts that you like to see in a safety. He will be the heir to Renaldo Hill as he will play strong safety in the NFL. There are questions on Jarrett's range and athleticism, but he reportedly runs a 4.56 40 yard time so I don't know why some people question his athletic ability.
Jarrett has some technique issues that need worked out, but he has starter potential. In the 3rd round, he is a steal. Check out this article on him that talks about why he is a top 100 player.
Just for the record, I firmly believe that we will trade to obtain additional picks in the 3rd, 4th, or 5th rounds. But for now, I will just project what we have.
In the 6th round of the 2011 NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos select:
This guy is incredibly underrated. He stands at 6 ft 5, 260 lbs. He is a workout warrior. He has reportedly benched 470, squatted 535 and runs a 4.7 40 yard time. He is a terrific blocker first and foremost. That is what is going to really get McD's attention. Charlie's best attribute is his ability to block. He also is an underrated receiving tight end. In his career, he has 52 receptions for 810 yards and 8 touchdowns. In the 6th round, he is inexplicably underrated and a total steal. He replaces the mistake known as Rich Quinn.
He caught the touchdown pass in the Michigan St. vs Notre Dame game this year.
In the 6th Round of the 2011 NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos select:
In the 6th round, you likely aren't going to find a starting caliber tackle. Rob probably won't start for an NFL team, but he could be a solid depth guy. He is big at 6 ft 6, 306 lbs. He uses his size and strength to his advantage as he was named to all-WAC second team in 2008 and 2009. He was also an all-Louisiana first team player. He has played both LT and LG which makes his versatility appealing to McD. At this stage in the draft, he is worth a shot. We desperately need depth at tackle, especially if Ryan Harris leaves this summer.
So there you have it. That is my 1st mock draft for the 2011 NFL Draft. A recap:
CB Prince Amukamara
DE Christian Ballard
MLB Kelvin Sheppard
S Jaiquawn Jarrett
TE Charlie Gantt
OT Rob McGill
I will surely include mocks with trades in the future. We have too many needs so we will likely trade down and pick up more picks. For now, I think we have acquired a lot of good talent here. Until next time, MHR...