I’ve seen many mocks so far this year and the consent seems to be drafting Lamar Miller in the first round. I hate this idea! Now I get it, John Fox loves his running backs, Miller is from the U the same place as McGahee and Portis, and we are a run first team. I know Miller is the sexy pick but let’s not be sexy let’s be dominate! To me it seems our stable of workhorses is pretty filled up with: McGahee, Moreno (I haven’t given up hope), Ball, Johnson, and Mario Fannin. Fannin I can’t wait to see come back from injury, so please no RB’s in this draft. Instead of drafting a running back let’s look for our Black Beauty! This is my list of Thoroughbreds I’d love to see come into the stables next year!
To start this off I don’t upload highlight reels, because anyone can look good in highlights, so before you attack these guys take some time and look at them closely. All of these guys fill a need and help us move forward with Tebow and Company!
Round 1: Black Beauty
Dwight Jones, WR, North Carolina
Height: 6-4. Weight: 215.
Projected 40 Time: 4.55.
In the NFL, Jones looks like he can produce as a possession receiver and have the ability to stretch a defense with plays downfield. In 2011, Jones had 79 receptions for 1,119 yards and 11 touchdowns. If he played at Oklahoma, USC, Arizona, Oklahoma State or Stanford, Jones would have massive production. Plus he can block! Teaming with DT, Decker, and Royal this would give us a real threat to spread the field.
Round 2: Zinyatta
Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford
Height: 6-6. Weight: 248.
Projected 40 Time: 4.79.
Fleener has been a dangerous receiver for quarterback Andrew Luck. Thus far in 2011, he has 32 receptions for 648 yards and 10 touchdowns. Fleener runs good routes and is adept at exploiting the deep middle of the field on seam routes. He’s a good fit in this offense. Fleener is a technically sound blocker and has been well coached. I understand that adding another TE after drafting two last year seems like a bad pick but this guy could be Tebow’s best friend in our system!
Round 3: Seabiscuit
DeQuan Menzie, CB, Alabama
Height: 6-0. Weight: 195.
Projected 40 Time: 4.52.
Menzie has had a strong season which has raised his draft stock. So far in 2011, he has recorded 37 tackles with three tackles for a loss, 11 passes broken up and an interception returned 25 yards for a score. Menzie has had tight coverage all year, even with teams challenging him to avoid throwing at Dre Kirkpatrick. Menzie is an underrated prospect and a great pickup in the third round.
Round 4: Seattle Slew
Marcus Forston, DT, Miami
Height: 6-3. Weight: 310.
Projected 40 Time: 4.97.
Forston declared for the draft and signed with Drew Rosenhaus, so he cannot change his mind and return to school. Forston is a good athlete with potential but has legitimate durability concerns entering the NFL. Forston is quick and fast and looks like a potential three technique for a 4-3 defense in the NFL, but also is stout enough to play nose tackle.
Round 5: Spectacular Bid
Jonathan Massaquoi, DE, Troy
Height: 6-2. Weight: 250.
Projected 40 Time: 4.70.
Jonathan Massaquoi broke out with 13.5 sacks last season(2010) and 20.5 tackles for a loss. He also had 76 tackles with a forced fumble. The speedy and athletic Massaquoi has a good get off with strong pursuit skills. Massaquoi had 52 tackles with six sacks and 10.5 tackles for a loss this season. He received extra blocking attention, but needed more production to help his draft status. Troy played Clemson and Auburn to start the season, and it hurts Massaquoi's draft stock that he didn't produce against some of the top opponents his team faced. This could be our real steal of the draft right here…Mark this one down!
Round 6: War Admiral
Adrien Cole, ILB, Louisiana Tech
Height: 5-11. Weight: 250.
Projected 40 Time: 4.71.
Adrien Cole is a physical, in-the-box defender and was the WAC Defensive Player of the Year. He had 127 tackles with 13 tackles for a loss, two sacks, one forced fumble, one interception and three blocked kicks. He could be a sleeper prospect who surprises everyone.
Round 7: Dr. Fager (Our lighting in a bottle)
Greg McCoy, CB/KR, TCU
Height: 5-10. Weight: 182.
Projected 40 Time: 4.27
McCoy and the rest of the TCU defense were torched in the first game of the season by Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III. McCoy played better on special teams than he did on defense and was a quality kick returner for the Horned Frogs. The senior played well in the Bowl game against Southern Miss and quarterback Austin Davis. For 2011, McCoy had 32 tackles with two interceptions and seven passes broken up. Not to mention his 685 yards of returns!!
Well fellow Bronco fans that’s it. All of these players can come in to training camp and compete from day one at their positions. I know most of them aren’t the sexiest of picks nor the “Best player available” pick but I really don’t care about that. I need to see the stables fill up with players that can bring us wins! To me this is when we really get to see just how good of a football team we are. We get to see the Player personal department, scouting and development teams, Head Coaches, Coordinators, and the entire Front Office make great choices for the future. If I’m playing GM these are the guys I’m looking at. The Bronco’s should resign Brady Quinn and Adam Weber I’d also like to see more of, I’m being told Nate Irving is the “next big thing” for MLB, so our Free Agent list should include some veteran O-lineman and a veteran CB/FS/SS. Let’s make 2012 the year of the Bronco!