So with Manning on board, the time is now for the Broncos. While I appreciate what Tim Tebow has done, I can't see the Broncos keeping him or him wanting to stay here, likely relegated to 3rd string on the depth chart. With that I know there has been alot of speculation regarding the trade value of Tebow, while I don't think we would get a first round pick for Tebow, a 2nd rounder from Jacksonville who covets Tebow and needs a guy to revitalize the franchise, isn't out of the question. While it may not be a sellers market, the Broncos don't have to trade him, he isn't scheduled to make that much money this season and we can sit on him if the asking price isn't right. That being said, I think Jacksonville will pony up a 2nd rounder for Tebow, Blaine Gabbert was awful and Chad Henne is just as bad, if they don't trade for Tebow, their reamining 10 fans will revolt. So with that lets start the mock draft- Round 1 - Gordy Glenn -OG/T Georgia - With our new investment, Elway protects his investment with one of the better oline prospects in the draft. I see Glenn as RT and moving Frankin inside, with Kuper coming back from a serious injury, depth at G will be critical as Manning's true weakness is pressure up the gut. Glenn can play either RT or OG at a very high level. Round 2 (Jacksonville Pick) - Brandon Thompson - DT Clemson - I think we will resign Bunkley, but even if we don't we need a DT that can apply pressure. Thompson is the best pass rushing DT prospect (IMO) but I think he will be available in Round 2. Round 2 - Janoris Jenkins - CB N. Alabama - While Jenkins may be gone, I think his character issues push him into Round 2, while this may be a risk, at this point, Jenkins has too much talent to pass up. Hopefully his troubles are behind him, he has excellent return and ball skills and is a top 3 CB in the draft based on talent alone. Round 3 - LaMichael James - RB Oregon - James will thrive as a third down back in a Manning lead offense. This guy provides a great weapon for the Broncos and is a threat to score whenver he touches the ball. Round 4 - Nick Foles - QB Arizona - With Tebow gone and Weber as a backup, I can't see the Broncos passsing on a guy like Foles. While slow footed, he can make all the NFL throws and has the accuracy that you want from a QB. Spending a couple years backing up Manning will help Foles, as he learns from the master. Foles fits a Manning style offense to a T, and provides a good developmental propsect. Round 5 (St. Louis Pick) - Devier Posey - WR Ohio State - With the B Lloyd trade, we load up with another WR. Posey had a great Senior Bowl practice and posses great downfield ability. He provides solid depth at WR. Round 5 - Asa "Ace" Jackson - CB Cal Poly - A small school CB, Jackson is raw and didn't face elite talent, however he has sub 4.5 speed and is a fluid corner with good ball skils, he will be a developmental propsect. But should provide some depth. Round 6 - Tank Carder - OLB TCU - The Rose Bowl MVP isn't getting much hype and coming from an uncoventional defensive scheme, it is hard to evaluate Carder. Carder doesn't have eye popping measurables, but all he does is make plays. He knows how to attack a ball carrier and is a smart defender who does what is asked. Carder may not be a starter, but should provide solid depth.
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