That world-famous prognosticator, the Clairvoyant Canuck, the Amazing Logan looks into his patent-pending crystal ball and gives his MHR buddies a leg up on what’s about to happen in the very near future with his beloved Broncos:
Peyton Manning signs with the Denver Broncos for 15 million a season for 3 years plus 2 more years with an opt-out clause. Half of Bronco fans are giddy, the other half are up in arms, thinking EFX has lost their marbles. The immediate consequence is that suddenly other free agents are taking notice. For instance, a few days ago, most FA wide receivers were steering clear of Denver’s Tebow-led running offense as they would have few opportunities under that system, now their agents are returning Elway’s calls. As Jay Glazer tweeted the other day:
"One reason Peyton likely have new team b4 free agency begins is bc teams say they wanna use 18 as a tremendous recruiting tool for other FAs".
Just like the Pats have been doing for years, suddenly Denver is a destination team, where players will sign for less to play with Peyton.
Jacksonville offers a second round pick for Tim Tebow and the FO can’t get a higher bid, so they sit on Tim, thinking that they’ll see how he does after training camp, perhaps someone goes down in the first couple weeks of the season and they can pick up a first rounder next year for him.
Brian Dawkins desperately wants to return for a super bowl run with Peyton on board, but his neck problems force him to retire.
We cut/don’t resign Joe Mays, Eddie Royal, Dante Rosario, Ryan McBean, Matt Wills, Brady Quinn, Russ Hochstein, Manny Ramirez, Jeremiah Johnson, Derrick Harvey, Andre Goodman, Kevin Vickerson, Mitch Unrein, and Lance Ball.
Broderick Bunkley, Wesley Woodyard (due to DJ Williams drug test, he is shipped off to Philadelphia for an undisclosed draft pick) and Britton Colquitt are resigned to long-term deals commensurate with their success. Marcus Thomas, Mario Haggan and Spenser Larsen are signed to veteran minimum deals. The FO and Matt Prater come to an agreement on a multi-year deal.
We go out and sign Ben Grubbs (OG) and Scott Wells (C) to help protect Manning in the pocket. We pick up Peyton Hillis (RB) to combine with Willis McGahee for a devastating 1-2 punch in the run department. He comes cheap back to Denver because of all the wacky crap this year in Cleveland. We pick up Pierre Garcon (WR), again another protégé of Manning’s to the mix.
We pick up Adam Carriker (DT) who had 5.5 sacks with Washington last year to pair with Bunkley and Thomas in the middle. We sign Matt Roth (DE) to pair with Dumervil on the ends. London Fletcher is getting long in the tooth, but still plays like he’s 27, and fills a hole for us as MLB and gives Nate Irving some more time as well as some first-class mentoring at the position. Denver snags Brandon Carr (CB) away from Kansas City to replace Goodman, and Dwight Lowery who played under Jack Del Rio, to replace the retiring BDawk.
With the 25th pick Broncos select Nick Perry, DE, USC
There’s a run on defensive lineman starting with the Jaguars on Pick 7. With the guys they liked off the board, EFX picks the best remaining lineman on the board. Nick is 6’3" and 271. He ran 4.64 in the 40, -0.02 for agility (amazing number) and an amazing 83.5 for his explosion number.
Strengths: Perry has a very strong base and balance that helps him work against tackles and keep momentum towards the backfield regardless of his initial move. He is reminiscent of current Pittsburgh OLB's Harrison and Woodley, players who can set the edge with a strong, powerful base and are capable of winning using a direct bull rush. Perry plays with good leverage in all that he does and has surprising athleticism for his size. He has a good burst off the ball and a natural feel for disrupting plays. He chases laterally down the line well and is a sound tackler when he reaches the ball. He can beat tackles with power or quick gap penetration, and has developed his hands and spin moves over time. He has fluid hips and feet in the open field and looks capable of playing from a two point stance in an outside position. He will be reliable even as a rookie to set the edge and defend the run with strength.
Weaknesses: Perry can get tied up on double teams often and have trouble when working against lineman in a tight area. This would bode well for a move to outside backer, where he can rush with more space and better set up his pass rush moves. He is projected by many to move to OLB in the NFL, and it remains to be seen if Perry can cover and move well in space to the flats, as he wasn't asked to do it often at USC. Perry is a thick player but still a bit of a positional tweener, and doesn't quite have the strength of most defenders his size. He could have trouble against the bigger, stronger offensive tackles in the NFL who can neutralize his leverage and power.
With the 57th pick Broncos select Chris Polk, RB, Washington
Chris is 5’11" and 215lbs. and plays KR as well. He ran 4.57 in the 40 and has a .36 number for agility.
Strengths: Polk has ideal size to carry the load for an NFL team as a starter. He is well put together and looks to the naked eye to be more of a compact, agile athlete than he does a power back. Polk is an all-around player who doesn't necessarily excel in one specific aspect of his game but does many things at a high level and is capable of playing within a variety of schemes. He is quick off the ball and a natural runner between the tackles. He prefers to kick it outside and gain an edge on the defense to utilize his speed, but he can be productive inside and is a heavy runner who is tough to bring down. Polk is patient and has smooth footwork to be able to throttle down his speed and wait on blockers and plays to develop.
Weaknesses: Polk displayed elite ability only in his last year at Washington and was a slow developer up to that point. He is a decent blocker in pass protection but can struggle with his technique at times. He has the anchor and thigh strength to leverage under bigger rushers, but he still needs to work on squaring up defenders as a blocker instead of chipping them as they run by. Polk doesn't have elite speed in the open field to run away from defensive backs, and although he is explosive in short area movements he won't be able to accelerate past safeties who have an angle on him in pursuit downfield.
With the 88th pick Broncos select Derek Wolfe, DT, Cincinnati
Derek put up huge numbers in 2011 with 9.5 sacks and 21.5 TFL. He’s 6’5", 295 lbs. ran a 5.01 in the 40 had an explosion number of 75.5.
With the 120th pick Broncos select Casey Hayward, CB, Vanderbilt
Casey is 5'11" and 192 and has intercepted 13 balls over the past 2 years, made 70 tackles last year and ranked first in the SEC in passes defended with 17.
With the 129th pick Broncos select Danny Trevathan, OLB, Kentucky
Danny runs 6'0" and 230 and led the SEC in tackles with 144, as well as 16 TFL, 4FF, 4ints, and 3 PBU and 3 sacks.
With the 152nd pick the Broncos select Kellen Moore QB Boise State
Kellen is the winningest quarterback in college football history. And will probably last until the 7th round because he is a hair below 6’0" and 197 pounds and ran 4.94 in the 40. Most teams have pronounced him too short, too light and too weak-armed to play QB in the NFL. Moore is unbelievable accurate and "his football intelligence is off the charts. His instincts are off the charts" –John Schneider, Seattle Seahawks GM. I think he is Peyton Manning 2.0, minus the six and a half foot frame. Who better to back up Manning and Tebow?
QB: Manning, Tebow, K. Moore
RB: McGahee, Polk, Moreno, Fannin
FB: Hillis, Larsen
WR: Wayne, Thomas, Garcon, Decker, Hill,
TE: Clark, Thomas, Green,
LT: Clady, Clark
LG: Grubbs, Beadles
C: Wells, Walton
RG: Kuper, Beadles
RT: Franklin, Harris, Hills
DE: Dumervil, Perry
DT: Bunkley, Warren
DT: Carriker, Thomas, Wolfe
DE: Roth, Ayers
WLB: Woodyard, Mohamed, Trevathan
MLB: Fletcher, Irving
SLB: Miller, Haggan
CB: Bailey, Harris, Vaughn
SS: Lowery, Bruton
FS: R. Moore, Q. Carter
CB: Carr, Thompson, Hayward
PR/KR: Chris Polk