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Players We Should Look at (From My Neck of the Woods)

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Good day to you MHR!!! How is everyone today? I know here in West Virginia, we've been having unusually warm weather for this time of year, so, who can complain. Anyways... I digress. I am here today to introduce you to some players from my part of America, who I believe would fit right in with the Bronco's needs and wants. This isn't really homerism, it's just my rundown of some players that I'm super familiar with.

Follow me after the word hurdle to see what I have in store...

2nd - 4th Round Prospects:

Bruce Irvin - DE/OLB/Pass Rusher, WVU Mountaineers (6-3, 245)

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Where do I start with Bruuuuuuuuuuce!!! This isn't a player who will be a day one starter, I don't think. But... he could come straight out the gate in the Aldon Smith (situational) role, and be a difference maker. Bruce isn't the worlds best run stuffer, but he's lean, mean, and knows how to make like difficult for QB's.

The year before last, he was 2nd in the nation in sacks (right behind DaQuan Bowers), and he played a third of the snaps Bowers did. This year, the goal was to get Irvin stronger/stouter at the point of attack, and it did work some.

I think the real reason Irvin's production fell off in the regular season was the fact that so many starters from the previous year were gone to the NFL (Chris Neild, Robert Sands, J.T. Thomas, Brandon Hogan). WVU's defense as a whole struggled for a bit, but Bruce came alive down the stretch - especially in the Orange Bowl against Clemson and helped to acquire us the biggest win in BCS Bowl history (70-33).

Irvin (and Julian Miller) were absolute terrors in that game. Even though Irvin only accumulated 1 sack on the game, he was CONSTANTLY chasing Clemson QB, Tajh Boyd left and right. Boyd could never get comfortable and it resulted in him turning the ball over excessively. Bruce was a shoestring away from having 5 or 6 sacks in that game.

Bruce Irvin looks a whole lot like a young Lawrence Taylor (his form when rushing the passer, and physique wise) and he can beef up some at the next level.

Bruce could come in on passing downs, spell Ayers, and give us a dangerous 3rd pass rush option.

2010: 21 Tackles ~ 14 TFL ~ 14 sacks

2011: 40 Tackles ~ 14.5 TFL ~ 8.5 Sacks

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Vinny Curry - DE/OLB/Pass Rusher, Marshall Thundering Herd (6-3, 260)

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Another pass rushing freak from the hills of West Virginia. Vinny Curry was the most consistent pass rusher in all of college football the past two years:

2010: 94 Tackles, 18 TFL, 12 Sacks

2011: 77 Tackles, 22 TFL, 11 Sacks, 3 Blocked Kicks, 7 Forced Fumbles

That is production!!! Curry, along with his athleticism, has a nonstop motor and a great work ethic as well. I'm not big on Marshall guys, so for me to go this far is saying something. This is a guy who could be situational for a year or so, but could be a starter down the road. He can be had from the 2nd to 3rd rounds. Not the best run defender, but he got better and can be coached up.

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Derek Wolfe - DT, Cincinnati Bearcats (6-4, 286)

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This is the type of DT we need next to Bunkley. A penetrator, a disruptor, a relentless ankle biter (as Mayock would say). This guy has speed to burn, and great power to burst through blockers. 70 Tackles, 21.5 TFL, and 9.5 Sacks in 2011 is nothing to scoff at for a DT. I think this is exactly what we need to make QB's uncomfortable stepping up into the pocket.

For what it's worth, Marcus Thomas and Ryan McBean can stay or go somewhere else for all I care. They're decent players, but provide nothing in terms of a pass rush. Marcus Thomas is very young for a 5 year pro... but I don't think we've seen a starter in him yet. I think we go DT a couple times in the upcoming draft (for the record, I think this every year and it never happens - hopefully we'll get a new Tyson Alualu for Del Rio to play with).

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Winston Guy, Jr. - SS, Kentucky Wildcats (6-1, 216)

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Winston Guy is one of a pair of Wildcats who I feel could upgrade our roster. Standing at 6-1, 216 lbs., Guy has the perfect size coveted by GM's across the league for the SS position. This "Guy" (pun intended) had the 3rd most tackles of any DB in NCAA football, with 120, and he also had 14 TFL, 2 PBU, 2 Picks and a FF.

He would be perfect playing Dawk's role as the 8th man in the box, and he can patrol the middle of the field with the best of them (at least in college). Obviously he is a stout run defender and he has great hit power. I don't believe we have a Safety on the roster who can duplicate Dawkins' success (Bruton? Moore? Bush? Carter - a portion of it maybe). Guy would go a long way towards replacing Weapon-X.

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Keith Tandy - CB, WVU Mountaineers (5-10, 202)

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Tandy reminds me of a slightly less feisty Cortland Finnegan (minus the foolishness). He's a scrappy, gritty Corner with speed, insticts, and great college production:

2010: 57 Tackles, 11 PBU, 6 INT

2011: 64 Tackles, 9 PBU, 4 INT

Tandy and Brandon Hogan formed a shutdown group of CB's for us last year... helping us become a top 10 college defense (as far as points given up). Tandy didn't drop off a bit without Hogan, and didn't give up much at all this year. Our #2, Pat Miller, got victimized many times because of it. Tandy also made some game changing plays late in games for us - gotta love guys who step it up.

He would fit best in a zone based D, and he projects well as a Nickel CB for his first few seasons. This would allow Chris Harris to become our #2. Either way, we need depth at CB something awful... I don't trust Cassius Vaughn, Wilhite, or Goodman anymore. I am also anxious to see how Syd'Quan can fit in with the new look Broncos. I still have high hopes for him.

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Danny Trevathan - OLB (SS?? - MLB???), Kentucky Wildcats (6-1, 232)

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Physical... explosive... productive... athlete!!! Any team in football could use another player like Trevathan (even if just as depth). Trevathan added bulk this year without losing any speed whatsoever, which is a good sign moving forward. He may be one of those guys who jumps insanely up the charts after a strong Combine showing. 4th in the nation in Tackles.... Danny Trevathan totaled 143 Tackles, 11.5 TFL, 3 Sacks, 4 INT, 5 FF, and 3 PBU's this season alone (sounds like a careers worth of stats doesn't it).

Trevathan has elite pursuit skills and immense hit power to violently take ball carriers / QB's to the ground. His blitzing is also great for his size / position. I feel he has the speed & athleticism to play SS in the pro's (possibly even MIKE under Foxy). He was 7th in the nation in Tackles in 2010, with 144, to go along with 16 TFL, 3 Sacks, and 4 FF. Highly productive college player right here.

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Julian Miller - DE/OLB, WVU Mountaineers (6-3, 268)

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Boy are my Mountaineers gonna miss Julian Miller and Bruce Irvin, the bookends to end all WVU bookends. Julian Miller started out about 250 lbs., but has gained close to 20 lbs. mass over the past 2 years and hasn't missed a beat. We moved him around a little too much this year, trying to fill some gaps left by drafted players, and his production went down when he played DT. But he is an absolute madman when home at his natural position of DE (he will fit best in a 4-3 as a situational guy at first). Miller played in the 3-3-5, so he could play some 5 tech as well.

He totaled 17 sacks the past 2 years (20.5 for his career) and had 4 alone vs. Pitt this year. In 2011, Miller had 57 Tackles, 11 TFL, 2 FF, and 6 Sacks. He is very quick on his feet, physical, has a great motor and has a bunch of nice moves. Versatile player.

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Isaiah Pead - RB, Cincinnati Bearcats (5-9, 193)

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I don't think we should draft him as a starter.... that can be had either earlier in the draft or next year, but as a depth RB he'd be perfect. He has skills as a receiver and blocker to go along with his 5.3 YPC, 1,259 Yd., 12 TD performance this year. He also added 39 Catches, for 319 Yards and 3 Scores through the air. He has had fumbling problems at times, but his performance in the Senior Bowl helped him out big time (133 All Purpose Yards - he is a good return man).

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There you have it folks.... some players from around my area who, I believe, would fit this team perfectly. We are in serious need of another RB, a couple DT's (Marcus Thomas and McBean could be upgraded, or be retained as depth), a Pass Rusher, a MLB something horrible, a Safety, and some CB's. I've noticed some mocks giving us Fleener (TE, Stanford) in the 2nd as a deep threat TE, but I'm not sure that we don't already have that guy on the roster in Julius Thomas or Virgil Green (both have great speed for big fellas). Let me know which of these players you prefer in the comment section. Thanks and enjoy!!!

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