Over at Mocking the Draft, they, of course, like to do mock drafts. Recently they held a live on-line mock in which a knowledgeable fan of each team served as the team's GM. Our very own Nick Cast was the Broncos GM for the this mock. With his blessing I am going to recap this mock since he has been busy with work lately. This mock allowed for trades to happen, but the Broncos did no get any offers that were to their liking so they stayed with the picks that they had
I think that EFX would be happy with this draft.
For a full view of how this draft went down you can click on the following link.
With the 25th pick in the 2012 draft the Broncos selected Devon Still, DT, Penn St.
Still was the 4th DT selected. Cox went at #9 to Carolina. Brockers went at #21 to the Eagles and Poe went at #24 to the Steelers. For those of you who desparately went Nick Perry, he was taken by Tennessee at #16. Still is listed as 6'5" 303 and was very productive while at PSU. The lingering fear with Still is his injury history. Worthy and Reyes were still available, but Still was more consistent than Worthy and played against higher level competition relative to Reyes.
With the 57th pick in the 2012 draft the Broncos selected Lamar Miller, RB, Miami (FL)
Miller, 5'11" 212, is an instinctive runner who runs with a natural body lean (like McGahee) so it is rare for him to get stopped for less than 2 yards because he has the ability to fall forward. Miller has breakaway speed and displayed this at the combine running at 4.40 40. He was not used much on 3rd downs this past season as that role was given mainly to Mike James, so the one knock is that his pass blocking skills are unknown. Thanks to one gentlemen Canes fan there is a plethora of full game film available on youtube so you can watch lots of tape on him if you want. Miller was used a kick returner before he became the full time starter for the Canes. He has the ability both to make tacklers miss and to break tackles. Miller was the 3rd RB taken - Richardson was drafted at #12 to the Bungles and Martin was drafted at 54 by the Lions.
With the 89th pick in the draft the Broncos selected: Jamell Fleming, CB, Oklahoma
Fleming, 5'11" 206, was projected to go in the second round, but a pedestrian 4.53 40 has some teams questioning his straight-line speed (despite turning in the best 60-yd shuttle, 10.75, among DBs). He plays very instinctive man coverage and is very fluid out of his breaks. The scouts have a lot of good things to say about him. In the mock he was the 13th CB selected. If he is still available in the 3rd when the Broncos pick, I would be happy to get him (Nick would be as well). I'm sure Quincy Carter would like to be reunited with his fellow Sooner. Fleming has some serious guns and Shannon Sharpe would approve of this pick.
With the 109th pick in the draft the Broncos select Kirk Cousins, QB, Michigan State.
I was unhappy at first when I saw this pick, but Nick makes a great point about the value of Cousins here since he was still available in the 4th. From Nick:
In the real draft, Cousins is going to be drafted in the 2nd or 3rd round. At the very least, I think he can be a very good backup quarterback. He was arguably the best player available at the time I was drafting and backup QB is a need for the Broncos. I don't like the Hanie signing and would not be surprised at all if he was dumped before the season.
Cousins is listed as 6'3" 214. He had good career numbers at MSU. I was against this pick only because I thought we should use this on a player who will see the field in 2012. I can see Cousins developing into the man who takes over from Manning when he hangs it up, but I would rather focus on a player when can give shorter term results (a DT or LB with this pick).
In this mock Cousins was the 5th QB taken behind Luck, RG3, Tannehill and Weeden.
With the 121st pick in the draft the Broncos select: Leonard Johnson, CB, Iowa Sate.
Johnson is listed as 5'10" 196. Two things caused his draft stock to fall. First, he suffered a neck injury in October (sound familiar) that doctors have said will have no lasting effect. Second, had a poor combine only running a 4.71 40 and a slow 20 and 60 yd shuttle. His pro day numbers were better (4.51 40). Johnson's claim to fame is shutting down Justin Blackmon multiple time during his career. Here are Nick's thoughts on the two CB's we took:
I like Johnson. He has the physical tools and has upside to his game. The Broncos need to start getting CB talent for the future. Champ is going to move to safety eventually. Tracy Porter is only signed for this season. Chris Harris is a great nickel corner, but is he capable of being a #2 CB? With a young nucleus of Harris, Flemming and Johnson, the Broncos have 3 young CB's to develop into starters under Champ's tutelage.
Harris is listed at 6'3" 306. He had his best year as a junior and regressed somewhat as a senior. He only started for to years with the Trojans. His draft stock fell when he did not work out at the combine because a Cleveland Browns doctor diagnosed him with a natural heart defect that for 80% of the population repairs itself at birth. It has no symptoms and Harris' personal cardiologist has sent word to all NFL teams that it will not affect his his play. Harris impressed at the Shrine bowl with his upper body power. He is expected to go in the 4-5 round. Harris was drafted with Hicks and Jean-Baptiste still available. Here are Nick's thoughts on Harris over those two:
I picked Harris over Hicks and Jean-Baptiste because I like the potential of Harris better. Under the right coaching, I think Harris can be a disruptive player in the NFL. He has a good first step and uses his hands well. If he can develop some more pass rush moves and become more consistent, he has a big upside.
With the 178th pick in the NFL draft the Broncos select: Levy Adcock, OT, Oklahoma State.
Adcock was not invited to the combine. He is listed at 6'6" 320. He was selected as first team All-Big-12 in both his junior and senior years. His pro day numbers were ok, but nothing special
bench: 26 reps
He is equally comfortable playing both RT and LT (he made the switch in-game at one point). He did not allow a sack as a senior. He is projected to go in the 6-7th rounds. He is much more polished at pass-pro than run blocking. He should provide depth at OT. The Broncos should definitely pick him up just for the mullet.
I think this draft addresses three of the most critical needs on the team:
1. Our aging CBs.
2. Our lack of a disruptive DT.
3. Our aging (McGahee), injured (KnoMo) and mediocre (Ball, Johnson) stable of RBs.