Below is my view of how I would like to see the draft turn out for the Broncos
. I think this along with bringing in Peyton would bring us back to the Superbowl. Go Broncos!!!!
1. Michael Brockers, DT, LSU
Brockers' stock was rising into the top 10 before a disappointing showing at the Combine. He had a startlingly low total on the bench press while running slow. The big defensive tackle is a one-year wonder, so his stock is fluid. Brockers was one of the leaders of a group of future NFL defensive linemen at LSU. He was a disruptive force in 2011, totaling 54 tackles with 10 tackles for a loss, two sacks, one forced fumble and one blocked kick. Brockers didn't see a ton of action as a redshirt freshman last year, assembling only 25 tackles, one tackle for a loss and zero sacks. Brockers played well in both games against Alabama. In the National Championship game, he totaled seven tackles and a blocked kick. A well-rounded player, Brockers is fast and strong. He could stay as a defensive tackle in a 4-3 defense or move to defensive end in a 3-4 set. Brockers has the length and a strong enough build to fit as a potential five-technique defensive end.
Devon Still, DE/DT, Penn State
Still had an underrated Combine, with nice speed in the 40-yard dash. His stock has gone down some only because of other prospects excelling and moving up draft boards. Still had a superb senior season. He was a playmaker and the leader of the Penn State defense. Still has good size, surprising speed and real power. He played Alabama tough early this season. In 2011, Still had 55 tackles with 17 tackles for a loss, 4.5 sacks, a pass batted away and a forced fumble. His last few games, especially against Ohio State and Wisconsin, were his worst showings of the year. Entering the NFL, Still has an excellent combination of power, speed and athleticism. He beats offensive linemen with strength as well as quickness. Still has the versatility to play the three-technique or nose tackle in a 4-3 defense. He also could be a 3-4 defensive end.
Devon Still had a strong 2010 season with 10 tackles for a loss and four sacks. He saw frequent double teams, and still was a difference maker for Penn State. As a sophomore, Still had 5.5 tackles for a loss and two sacks. He has scheme flexibility and could fit a 3-4 or a 4-3
2. Doug Martin, RB, Boise State
Martin has had a strong offseason. He was the most impressive running back at the Senior Bowl and showed the ability to battle defenses as a runner, receiver and blocker. At the Combine. Martin ran well while tying for the lead on the bench press. As expected, he performed well in receiving drills. Martin looks secure as a second-round pick who could go early on Friday night. The senior put together a quality season this year. He averaged five yards per carry with 1,299 yards rushing and 16 touchdowns. Martin also contributed 28 receptions for 263 yards and two scores. He is a well-rounded back who has three-down potential in the NFL. Out with an injury, the Broncos missed him a lot in their one loss against the Horned Frogs. Martin also is a skilled kick returner and averaged 34 yards per return this season. In the NFL, he could be a good option as part of a running back rotation. Martin is a sudden runner with good quickness and cutting ability. The Boise State offense has been led by a variety of playmakers and Doug Martin is certainly part of that group. Martin broke out in 2010 when he ran for 1,260 yards with an average of 6.2 yards per carry and 12 touchdowns. Martin also notched 28 receptions for 338 yards and two scores. As a sophomore in 2009, he ran for 765 yards and 15 scores. Martin can run with power, as he will lower his shoulder and knock defenders on their back. Martin also has quickness and cutting ability. With Titus Young and Austin Pettis
gone, the Broncos could lean even more on Martin in 2011.
3. Casey Hayward, CB, Vanderbilt
Hayward had an average week at the Senior Bowl and did better than expected at the Scouting Combine. He recorded a better 40-yard dash than many expected him to run.
Hayward was a pure ballhawk to start the 2011 season, snatching four interceptions in four games. After that, he cooled off, but his coverage all season remained solid. Against Arkansas, Hayward dropped three interceptions and totaled six passes broken up. He went out on a good note with two interceptions against Cincinnati in the bowl game.
For 2011, Hayward had seven interceptions, 60 tackles, 7.5 tackles for a loss and 10 passes broken up. He has enough size and ball skills to fit any NFL defense. Hayward also is aggressive defending the run. He could be an underrated prospect who will reward the team that drafts him. Casey Hayward had a massive 2010 season where he recorded six interceptions and 17 passes defended. He was second in the nation in pass break-ups and was an All-SEC second-team selection. Hayward also is a good run defender and finished with 70 tackles on the season. As a sophomore, he had 58 tackles with 8.5 tackles for a loss and seven passes defensed. Hayward has quality size and the very good ball skills needed to be a starting corner in the NFL.
4. Brian Quick, WR, Appalachian State
Quick was solid both the Combine and the Senior Bowl. He posted three solid years of production for Appalachian State. In 2011, Quick had his best season with 71 receptions for 1,096 yards and 11 touchdowns. As a junior, he totaled 47 catches for 844 yards and nine scores after hauling in 61 passes for 982 yards and four scores in 2009. Quick is a big receiver who looks like a potential red-zone threat in the NFL.
4. Janzen Jackson*, FS, McNeese State
Jackson had 31 tackles with five passes broken up, two interceptions and a forced fumble in 2011. He needs to convince teams that his personal problems are behind him in order to get drafted. Perhaps Jackson has cleared up his off-the-field problems, but he did not produce a big season against lesser competition.
At the Scouting Combine, Jackson was hit and miss. There were times where he looked excellent and other drills he was completely lost. Jackson has some physical talent, but he will be a project at the pro level. Janzen Jackson has been dismissed from Tennessee's program for off-the-field issues, rumored to be positive drug tests. In February, he withdrew from the school to deal with personal problems. He re-enrolled last month, but head coach Derek Dooley dismissed him from the team. Jackson will now have to find a new collegiate home and be productive on the field in order to get drafted into the NFL. Last season, he notched five interceptions with 69 tackles and six passes broken up. In 2009, Jackson started as a freshman next to Eric Berry
and recorded 37 tackles with three passes broken up and an interception. Jackson is a fast and physical defender who could have been a third-round pick if he had stayed at Tennessee and improved his production.
5. Nick Jean-Baptiste, DT/NT, Baylor
Even though Jean-Baptiste was dominant at the East-West Shrine, he did not work out at the Combine. Throughout the week in Orlando, Jean-Baptiste showed major potential to be a nose tackle in a 4-3 or 3-4 defense. He was like a bowling ball, rolling through offensive linemen to cause disruption in the backfield. Every linemen that went against him had problems with his bull rush. Jean-Baptiste has natural pad level and consistently gets underneath the pads of offensive linemen to push them straight back. As a senior, he totaled 36 tackles with 8.5 tackles for a loss, four sacks and three passes broken up.
5. Jerry Franklin, ILB/OLB, Arkansas
Franklin totaled 101 tackles with 10 tackles for a loss and four passes broken up. He kept quiet in a lot of big games this season. Franklin stepped up and helped avoid an upset loss to Vanderbilt with a 94-yard fumble return for a touchdown. He had a solid week at the East-West Shrine, but did not get a Combine invitation. Jerry Franklin has played at outside linebacker and middle linebacker. He broke out with 13 tackles for a loss and 6.5 sacks last season, and was an All-SEC second-team selection. That came after a quality season as a sophomore, when Franklin led the team with 94 tackles. He also had three interceptions, with five tackles for a loss and 1.5 sacks. As a freshman in 2008, Franklin was the starting middle linebacker and led the team in tackles with 87 stops. He could be moved into a variety of roles in the NFL. Some teams that run a 4-3 defense will look at Franklin as a better fit in the middle, and some will look at him as a better fit as a Sam (strongside) linebacker. Teams that run the 3-4 defense could look at him as an outside linebacker.
6. Adam Gettis, G/C, Iowa
Gettis had a blistering time in the 40-yard dash at the Scouting Combine. That was the fastest time of the offensive linemen in the first group. Gettis also performed well in the vertical jump (31.5") and broad jump (9'4"). He was the workout warrior of the offensive linemen. In the field drills, Gettis showed some flaws in his technique, but overall, he helped get some attention with his standout performance at the Combine. This year, Gettis was a second-team all Big Ten selection and did a good job of opening up running holes. Running back Marcus Coker had an excellent season running behind him. Gettis is athletic and quick, but he is too light for guard. Gettis needs to add weight and may have to move to center if he can't add a significant amount of weight. Gettis would be best in a zone-blocking scheme.
6. Omar Bolden, CB, Arizona State
Bolden either wasn't able to, or simply decided not to, run at the Combine. He did lead all cornerbacks with an impressive total on the bench press of 25 reps. Bolden showed that at least he has been working hard in the weight room while missing the 2011 season. He could be worth a late-round gamble and may be a big reward as he had second-day ability before his knee injury. After the 2010 season, Omar Bolden looked like he was candidate to be a first-round pick in the 2012 draft. He tore his ACL in spring practice and is probably going to miss the entire 2011 season. It is the second, significant knee injury for him, after missing most of 2009 because of an injured knee. Last year, Bolden had three interceptions with seven passes broken up, 52 tackles, and averaged 29.2 yards per kick return with a touchdown. He is known as a leader and high-character individual. Bolden could enter the 2012 draft and probably go in the mid-rounds, or he could possibly play the 2012 season at Arizona State and enter the 2013 NFL Draft.
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