The Senior Bowl is over and the Combine is just a few weeks away. Players are beginning to move up and down draft boards. Front Offices are looking at Free Agents- who they can keep and can’t, players on other teams, and a ton of “mocks” are coming out almost daily! The great thing is most “Mocks” have Denver taking defensive lineman which we all know is a big need. Denver Post first reported that Denver was high on Melvin Ingram out of South Carolina. Then today his name appears with Denver on ProFootballtalk.com, NFL.com, CBSSports.com, and ESPN Radio. I’m not sure if this is media hype or Denver really is going to make the move to get him, but either way the past does predict this. John Fox if he knows anything he knows DE, he has drafted Julius Peppers, Chares Johnson, and turned Mike Rucker into a Pro Bowler. The first draft John Fox and Jack Del Rio shared they took a freakish athlete in Peppers, last year John Fox took another very gifted pass rusher in Von Miller, and now it’s being reported that Denver is looking at Melvin Ingram who is a special athlete. He is very quick for his size, and beats offensive linemen with a combination of speed and physicality. Problem is he won’t be there at 25, right? So how does Denver get him? Well I have an idea, most won’t like it, but it’s the best I can come up with.
As I see it Denver has a good young group of Linebackers in Von Miller, Woodyard, Nate Irving, Mike Mohamed, and DJ Williams. Now Woodyard is a Free Agent I think Denver will resign. I also like the idea of Denver signing Dan Connor too. Which will allow DJ Williams to become trade bait for a Linebacker thin team and what fish do I think takes the bait, plus helps Denver get Melvin Ingram……The Philadelphia Eagles! Philly needs Linebackers and we need to move up if we are going to get Ingram. Do I like the idea, not really, but nobody asked me either. So I think the trade would go DJ Williams and our 1st (25) for Philly’s 1st (15) and a 4th (99).
So here is my post Senior Bowl, Pre-Combine Mock.
Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina
Height: 6-2. Weight: 276.
Projected 40 Time: 4.75.
Melvin Ingram has excellent size and is strong at the point of attack, plus can move inside and rush from the defensive tackle position.
Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford
Height: 6-6. Weight: 248.
Projected 40 Time: 4.79.
Coby Fleener is another well-rounded tight end who can run block as well and is a quality receiver. Fleener is a tight end who can get down the middle of the field and help remove the Safeties and Linebackers who draw up to defend Tim Tebow and the Broncos' ground game. Also this would give Denver the ability to run a true double tight set with Fleener and Thomas.
Doug Martin, RB, Boise State
Height: 5-9. Weight: 219.
Projected 40 Time: 4.46.
Martin is a well-rounded back who has three down potential in the NFL. He could be a good option as part of the running back rotation, plus is a sudden runner with good quickness and cutting ability.
Round 4(From Philly):
Trumaine Johnson, FS/CB, Montana
Height: 6-2. Weight: 197.
Projected 40 Time: 4.45.
Trumaine Johnson has an excellent combination of size and speed, but his interceptions declined this year. The combine will be very important for him.
B.J. Coleman, QB, UT-Chattanooga
Height: 6-3. Weight: 240.
Projected 40 Time: 4.89.
Tebow is the starter and I can’t see it any other way but with the extra pick here why not take a QB to back him up. B.J. Coleman showed immense upside at the East-West Shrine Game. In a quarterback starved league, you can't ignore a kid with Coleman's skill set. He's a strong kid with a great arm and flashes the ability to balance himself into throws and accurately deliver the football on all levels of the field.
Round 5(from StL):
A.J. Jenkins, WR, Illinois
Height: 6-1. Weight: 198.
Projected 40 Time: 4.49.
Talk about ironic, trade away a WR, draft a WR. I feel like there's a lot of low risk, high reward with Jenkins. He has above average speed, has solid hands, is a good route runner, but he was completely underutilized at Illinois. Might be Eddie Royal’s replacement.
Blake Gideon, FS, Texas
Height: 6-1. Weight: 200.
Projected 40 Time: 4.54.
He has consistently been around the ball for the Longhorns. Gideon was one of the few Texas players who battled well against Baylor and its lethal passing combination of Robert Griffin III and Kendall Wright.
I’m going to end it here, because I think we lose the 6th for Mays and our 7th for Brady Quinn, but I might be wrong. Either way anything after these guys would be gravy on top of the meat and potatoes!