The goal today is to spray some Febreeze on the mock offseasons. Old ideas are rotting away, and I think it's time to stimulate our minds with some new stock. Follow me, after the jump, to see what the shelves in my brain have been refilled with.
Jeff Garcia (QB)
We all know his wonderful story from a few years ago in Philly. What the Broncos need is a crafty veteran who's seen it all. Garcia is that guy: he's seen the ups, the downs, played with one of the greatest WRs in NFL history, and has been a starter and backup. Yes, I know the guy is 41, but he's only played 11 seasons, and has stayed in good shape by playing in the IFL. Testaverde and Favre played at that age, and did it with a lot more wear and tear on their bodies. Of course, this pick up is with the assumption that we move more towards the pro-style offense (while not abandoning the spread). He would be a great mentor for Tebow and Weber, and a solid backup.
Check this stat: 536 total touches for BJGE, 0 fumbles. I'm not talking about fumbles lost. I'm saying that when this guy has touched the ball, it has NEVER hit the ground. An extremely solid RB with the build of a bellcow. He is only 26 and has very little mileage. A former 1,000 yard rusher in 2010 on a Pats team that rarely runs. 24 tds the past two years. I feel like a tandem of McGahee and BJGE would be extremely effective and efficient, and when Willis is done, we bring in another back to pair with the Law Firm. I am sure he would love to come to a team where he would be much more featured, while also going to another playoff contender.
Steve Smith (WR)
Possession receiver is a must add. This is an old idea from my last mock, but I cannot reinforce it enough. Smith is a perennial 100 catch receiver, and would be a great add after a warm up season with the Eagles to get his legs back under him. He is young and would come cheap. Perfect low risk, high reward situation.
Antwan Applewhite (DE)
Not a sexy signing, but a valuable depth signing. Applewhite would come in and provide a solid backup to Dumervil. He is a decent pass rusher who has been utilized incorrectly, as teams have consistently attempted to shift him to a 3-4 OLB because of his lack of size. In 12 games last season, including one start, Applewhite logged 25 tackles and 2 sacks. His best season came in the 09-10 season with the Chargers when he had 48 tackles and 3 sacks.
London Fletcher (MLB)
Another Smith appearance. Brainwash. But anyways, a chance for Irving to learn from one of the greatest in history at the MLB position would be of great value. A two year contract would be perfect. Even turning 37 this May, Fletcher had a season that blew me away: 166 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 3 FF, 8 PDef, 3 INT. Even more mind blowing is that he has not missed a game in his 14 year career, consistently posting these types of numbers year in and year out. In fact, last year was the best of his career. A class act, durable, great tackler, big hitter, and pass coverage abilities we haven't seen in Denver in years. IMO, a perfect signing to help mold Irving.
Brandon Carr (CB)
I've heard rumors of Carr being re-signed, rumors of him leaving, rumors of him being tagged, and rumors of both him and Bowe being locked up. With only the Chiefs' FO knowing the truth, he seems to be up for grabs. Bringing in another very talented CB for an extended free agent stay is not the best way for Carr to feel welcome back, nor is it the best way to "pressure" him into signing considering he'd receive tons of offers from other teams. IMO, it looks like Routt is their backup plan. If I were running the Broncos, I would make Carr our highest free agent priority, and I'd be willing to shell out the cash necessary to sign him. Right now, he is a high-end #2 CB with the potential to be a #1. He has great shutdown skills, and working with Champ would only make him better.
Matt Giordano (FS)
I would love to sign either Giordano or Huff, but right now Gio is the one who is the free agent. If Huff is released in the Raiders' coming slaughter of cap space then Gio will most likely be the beneficiary of an extension. Both players are very solid safties. On to Gio: he had a solid pedigree coming into the 05 NFL Draft. He played college ball at Cal. As a senior, Giordano won 1st Team Pac-10 Conference honors, and was an All-American honorable mention. 4th round pick by the Colts; got his first real shot with the Raiders last year, racking up 70 tackles, 1 sack, 1 FF, and 5 INT in only 9 starts. He would be a great signing to play FS along side Quinton Carter.
1st round: Whitney Mercilus (DE), Illinois, 6'4 265
He would be the perfect addition to a defense that emphasizes pressure. Opposing QBs, prepare to meet your Doom, for we will be Mercilus.
2nd round: Brandon Boykin (CB), Georgia, 5'9 183
One of the most dynamic players in the draft. Paul Hornung Award winner for most versatile college player, and Jim Thorpe Award semi finalist for top DB in the nation. Has the potential to be a great NFL corner, coming from Champ's alma mater, and is already an electric punt returner. He could develop under Champ and the other Brandon while filling our gaping returner spot, and take over either the #1 or #2 spot when Champ leaves.
3rd round: Chris Rainey (RB/WR), Florida, 5'9 174
Probably THE most dynamic player in the draft. Has late 3rd, early 4th round stock, so this is the prime position to grab him. Already having McGahee and BJGE splitting the lion's share of the carries, our only hole to fill in the backfield is what I like to call the Sproles Role. An Ingram/PT Bruiser split between the two bellcows, and a specialty role for Rainey.
4th round: Brett Roy (DT), Nevada, 6'3 273
As far as production, Roy is the most impressive pass rushing DT in this year's draft. He would be a steal in this position. Racked up 18 sacks the past two seasons, including 10 this year to go with 64 tackles, 18.5 for loss. Lacks the size to be a traditional DT, but his quickness and burst makes him virtually a Jason Jones clone. All-WAC selection by Sports Illustrated.
5th round (via St. Louis): Ryan Miller (OL), Colorado, 6'8 298
Don't know much about Miller, but from what I've read on his scouting profile, all I see are good things. A massive frame that helps him achieve success in all areas of blocking. He has the ability to play both guard and tackle (although his size is unusual for NFL guards), and would therefore make an extremely valuable lineman. Has the potential to one day be a starter. Most importantly, he was quoted saying he hopes to be drafted by the Broncos!
5th round: T.J. Graham (WR), NC State, 5'11 182
As an NFL prospect, Graham is well suited as the classic slot/PR mold. He is a true burner, and deep threat who can beat the nickel corners. I know MHR has been calling for this. Hill is a nice signing, but this guy has great upside.
7th round: Tank Carder (OLB), TCU, 6'2 237
Nice depth pick. Had a good college career, projected as a SAM backer. Might not fall this far, but crazier things have happened and deciding on a 7th round pick in a mock draft is challenging. 6-7 round stock.
LG: Zane Beadles, Ryan Miller
C: J.D. Walton, Russ Hochstein
RG: Chris Kuper, Russ Hochstein
RT: Orlando Franklin, Chris Clark
DE: Elvis Dumervil, Antwan Applewhite
DT: Brodrick Bunkley, Marcus Thomas
DE: Whitney Mercilus, Robert Ayers
WLB: D.J. Williams, Wesley Woodyard
MLB: London Fletcher, Nate Irving
FS: Matt Giordano, Rahim Moore
SS: Quinton Carter, David Bruton
K: Matt Prater
P: Britton Colquitt
LS: Lonnie Paxton
KR: Brandon Boykin, Chris Rainey, TJ Graham
PR: TJ Graham, Chris Rainey, Brandon Boykin
Well that's the mock! Hope you enjoyed it. Any comments and advice is welcome. GO BRONCOS.