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2012 Broncos draft analysis (NOT a mock!)

We all see a plethora of mock drafts going on, not just here at MHR, but throughout the information world; whether it be at one of the major sites like NFL or ESPN, or the thousands of other blogs and fansites out there.

The one thing I don't see broken down as a process, is *how* the poster came up with the idea to draft those players at those positions, besides looking at a scouting report and thinking about areas of need. Obviously, my process is very much just the tip of the iceberg. Other considerations for this type of analysis include positional abilities (i.e. pass-rushing end vs. anchor end; runblocking Guard vs. passblocking guard). For the sake of this post, I've decided not to detail my analysis quite that much.

As such, I've broken down my process into five parts:

1) List current roster with potential drops highlighted
2) List current roster MINUS drops, organized with the types of starters
3) Break down NEEDS and WANTS by position
4) Organize and prioritize needs and wants
5) List draft options based on prioritization


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Step 1: Current roster with potential drops highlighted in RED

Defense

RCB

Champ Bailey

Syd'Quan Thompson

Andre Goodman

Joshua Moore

LCB

Tracy Porter

Chris Harris

Ramzee Robinson

FS

Quinton Carter

Mike Adams

Rafael Bush

SS

David Bruton

Rahim Moore

MLB

Joe Mays

Nate Irving

Mike Mohamed

SLB

Von Miller

Brian Iwuh

WLB

DJ Williams

Wesley Woodyard

Cyril Obiozor

DT

Ty Warren

Kevin Vickerson

Ryan McBean

Mitch Unrein

Jeremy Jarmon

Sealver Siliga

Ben Garland

RDE

Elvis Dumervil

Jason Hunter

LDE

Robert Ayers

Jeremy Beal

31

Offense

QB

Peyton Manning

Caleb Haine

Adam Weber

RB

Willis McGahee

Knowshon Moreno

Jeremiah Johnson

Mario Fannin

Xavier Omon

Lance Ball

FB

Austin Sylvester

LT

Ryan Clady

Chris Clark

LG

Zane Beadles

CJ Davis

C

JD Walton

RG

Chris Kuper

Manny Ramirez

RT

Orlando Franklin

Ryan Harris

Adam Grant

TE

Joes Dreessen

Jacob Tamme

Julius Thomas

Virgil Green

Cornelius Ingram

WR

Demaryius Thomas

Eric Decker

Andre Callwell

Matthew Willis

Mark Dell

Jason Hill

D'Andre Goodwin

Tyler Grisham

Greg Orton

Tim Toone

Step 2: Current roster minus drops; DARK GREEN = part time/project starter; GREEN = definite starter, LIGHT GREEN = short term starter (contractual/age concerns); no background = backup/iffy to start

Defense

RCB

Champ Bailey

Squid Thompson

LCB

Tracy Porter

Chris Harris

R. Robinson

FS

Quinton Carter

Mike Adams

Rafael Bush

SS

David Bruton

Rahim Moore

MLB

Joe Mays

Nate Irving

Mike Mohamed

SLB

Von Miller

Brian Iwuh

WLB

DJ Williams

Wesley Woodyard

DT

Ty Warren

Kevin Vickerson

Ryan McBean

Sealver Siliga

RDE

Elvis Dumervil

Jason Hunter

LDE

Robert Ayers

Jeremy Beal

25

Offense

QB

Peyton Manning

Caleb Haine

Adam Weber

RB

Willis McGahee

Knowshon Moreno

Lance Ball

J. Johnson

Mario Fannin

FB

Austin Sylvester

LT

Ryan Clady

Chris Clark

LG

Zane Beadles

CJ Davis

C

JD Walton

RG

Chris Kuper

Manny Ramirez

RT

Orlando Franklin

Ryan Harris

TE

Joes Dreessen

Jacob Tamme

Julius Thomas

Virgil Green

WR

Demaryius Thomas

Eric Decker

Andre Callwell

Matthew Willis

Mark Dell

Jason Hill

Step 3: Breakdown by position, needs and wants

Defense

RCB

NEED

Champ Bailey

S. Thompson

LCB

WANT

Tracy Porter

Chris Harris

R. Robinson

FS

Quinton Carter

Mike Adams

Rafael Bush

SS

WANT

David Bruton

Rahim Moore

MLB

WANT

Joe Mays

Nate Irving

Mike Mohamed

SLB

Von Miller

Brian Iwuh

WLB

DJ Williams

W. Woodyard

DT

NEED 2

Ty Warren

Kevin Vickerson

Ryan McBean

Sealver Siliga

RDE

Elvis Dumervil

Jason Hunter

LDE

Robert Ayers

Jeremy Beal

25

Offense

QB

WANT

Peyton Manning

Caleb Haine

Adam Weber

RB

NEED

Willis McGahee

K. Moreno

Lance Ball

J. Johnson

Mario Fannin

FB

Austin Sylvester

LT

Ryan Clady

Chris Clark

LG

Zane Beadles

CJ Davis

C

NEED

JD Walton

RG

Chris Kuper

Manny Ramirez

RT

Orlando Franklin

Ryan Harris

TE

Joes Dreessen

Jacob Tamme

Julius Thomas

Virgil Green

WR

Demaryius Thomas

Eric Decker

Andre Callwell

Matthew Willis

Mark Dell

Jason Hill

Step 4: Organization and prioritization of needs

Position

Want vs Need

Priority

RCB

NEED

3

LCB

WANT

8

SS

WANT

7

MLB

WANT

6

DT

NEED 2

1,4

QB

WANT

9

RB

NEED

2

C

NEED

5

Step 5: Utilizing needs to fill roles

OPTIONS FOR DEFENSIVE TACKLE - NEED POSITION AT PRIORITIES 1 AND 4

Round Options

Name

School

Size

Round 1

Fletcher Cox

Mississippi State

6'04" 298lbs

Michael Brockers

LSU

6'06" 322lbs

Dontari Poe

Memphis

6'04" 346lbs

Jerel Worthy

Michigan State

6'02" 308lbs

Devon Still

Penn State

6'05" 303lbs

Round 2

Kendall Reyes

Connecticut

6'04" 299lbs

Brandon Thompson

Clemson

6'02" 314lbs

Round 3

Mike Martin

Michigan

6'01" 306lbs

Alameda Ta'amu

Washington

6'03" 348lbs

Round 4

Josh Chapman

Alabama

6'01" 316lbs

Kheeston Randall

Texas

6'05" 293lbs

Marcus Forston

Miami (FL)

6'01" 301lbs

Derek Wolfe

Cincinnati

6'05" 295lbs

OPTIONS FOR RUNNINGBACK - NEED POSITION AT PRIORITY 2

Round Options

Name

School

Size

Round 2

Doug Martin

Boise State

5'09" 203lbs

David Wilson

Virginia Tech

5'10" 206lbs

Lamar Miller

Miami (FL)

5'11" 212lbs

Chris Polk

Washington

5'11" 215lbs

Isaiah Pead

Cincinnati

5'10" 197lbs

Round 3

LaMichael James

Oregon

5'08" 194lbs

Bernard Pierce

Temple

6'00" 218lbs

Robert Turbin

Utah State

5'10" 222lbs

Cyrus Gray

Texas A&M

5'10" 206lbs

Round 4

Ronnie Hillman

San Diego State

5'09" 200lbs

Chris Rainey

Florida

5'08" 180lbs

Vick Ballard

Mississippi State

5'10" 219lbs

Edwin Baker

Michigan State

5'08" 204lbs

OPTIONS FOR CORNERBACK - NEED POSITION AT PRIORITY 3, WANT POSITION AT PRIORITY 8

Round Options

Name

School

Size

Round 1

Morris Claiborne

LSU

5'11" 188lbs

Dre Kirkpatrick

Alabama

6'02" 186lbs

Stephon Gilmore

South Carolina

6'01" 190lbs

Janoris Jenkins

North Alabama

5'10" 193lbs

Round 2

Josh Robinson

Central Florida

5'10" 199lbs

Jayron Hosley

Virginia Tech

5'10" 178lbs

Alfonzo Dennard

Nebraska

5'10" 204lbs

Trumaine Johnson

Montana

6'02" 204lbs

Round 3

Jamell Fleming

Oklahoma

5'11" 206lbs

Brandon Boykin

Georgia

5'10" 182lbs

Casey Hayward

Vanderbilt

5'11" 192lbs

Trevin Wade

Arizona

5'10" 192lbs

Ron Brooks

LSU

5'10" 190lbs

Round 4

Chase Minnifield

Virginia

5'10" 183lbs

Dwight Bentley

Louisiana-Lafayette

5'10" 182lbs

Omar Bolden

Arizona State

5'10" 202lbs

Round 5

Josh Norman

Coastal Carolina

6'0" 197lbs

DeQuan Menzie

Alabama

5'11" 202lbs

OPTIONS FOR CENTER - NEED POSITION AT PRIORITY 5

Round Options

Name

School

Size

Round 3

Ben Jones

Georgia

6'03" 303lbs

Round 4

Michael Brewster

Ohio State

6'04" 312 lbs

Philip Blake

Baylor

6'03" 311lbs

Round 5

David Molk

Michigan

6'01" 298lbs

Round 6

Quentin Saulsberry

Mississippi State

6'02" 304lbs

Garth Gerhart

Arizona State

6'01" 305lbs

Grant Garner

Oklahoma State

6'03" 304lbs

Round 7/FA

Scott Wedige

Northern Illinois

6'04" 300lbs

Mason Cloy

Clemson

6'03" 310lbs

Moe Petrus

Connecticut

6'02" 299lbs

Tyler Horn

Miami (FL)

6'04" 298lbs

OPTIONS FOR MIDDLE/INSIDE LINEBACKER - WANT POSITION AT PRIORITY 6

Round Options

Name

School

Size

Round 2

Dont'a Hightower

Alabama

6'02" 265lbs

Round 3

Mychal Kendricks

California

5'11" 240lbs

Round 4

James-Michael Johnson

Nevada

6'01" 241lbs

Round 5

Tank Carder

TCU

6'02" 236lbs

Audie Cole

North Carolina State

6'04" 246lbs

Round 6

Vontaze Burfict

Arizona State

6'01" 248lbs

Jerry Franklin

Arkansas

6'01" 242lbs

Round 7

Najee Good

West Virginia

6'00" 244lbs

Caleb McSurdy

Montana

6'01" 245lbs

Chris Galippo

USC

6'02" 241lbs

DJ Holt

California

6'01" 245lbs

Marcus Dotwin

North Alabama

6'02" 230lbs

Shawn Loiseau

Merrimach

6'01" 244lbs

Noah Keller

Ohio

6'01" 242lbs

Max Gruder

Pittsburgh

6'01" 235lbs

OPTIONS FOR STRONG SAFETY - WANT POSITION AT PRIORITY 7

Round Options

Name

School

Size

Round 2

Harrison Smith

Notre Dame

6'02" 213lbs

Round 3

Brandon Taylor

LSU

5'11" 209lbs

Round 4

Antonio Allen

South Carolina

6'02" 210lbs

Round 5

Duke Ihenacho

San Jose State

6'00" 213lbs

Round 6

Eddie Pleasant

Oregon

5'10" 211lbs

Round 7/FA

Kelcie McCray

Arkansas State

6'02" 202lbs

Sean Richardson

Vanderbilt

6'03" 216lbs

Matt Daniels

Duke

6'00" 215lbs

Charles Mitchell

Mississippi State

5'11" 202lbs

Winston Guy

Kentucky

6'01" 218lbs

Johnny Thomas

Oklahoma State

5'10" 206lbs

Jerron McMillian

Maine

5'11" 203lbs

OPTIONS FOR QUARTERBACK - WANT POSITION AT PRIORITY 9

Round Options

Name

School

Size

Round 2

Brandon Weeden

Oklahoma State

6'04" 221lbs

Kirk Cousins

Michigan State

6'03" 2124lbs

Brock Osweiler

Arizona State

6'07" 242lbs

Round 3

Russell Wilson

Wisconsin

5'11" 204lbs

Round 4

Ryan Lindley

San Diego State

6'04" 229lbs

Round 5

BJ Coleman

Chattanooga

6'03" 233lbs

Nick Foles

Arizona

6'05" 243lbs

Round 6

Austin Davis

Southern Mississippi

6'02" 219lbs

Kellen Moore

Boise State

6'00" 197lbs

Round 7/FA

Chandler Harnish

Northern Illinois

6'02" 219lbs

Case Keenum

Houston

6'01" 208lbs

GJ Kinne

Tulsa

6'01" 234lbs

Aaron Corp

Richmond

6'04" 215lbs

Darron Thomas

Oregon

6'03" 220lbs

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