Ok...so my v6 sucked...I can accept that. The likelihood of getting Richardson was pretty out there...I get that. It was more of an intellectual exercise to see what things would look like if we did the bold (and stupid) move of trying to move up to #3. I can't end my season of mocking on such a note...so without further ado...I give you my true final mock:
Round 1 - Pick #25
Dant'a Hightower, ILB, Alabama
Is MLB our area of highest need? Probably not...but after re-watching our two losses to the Patriots in 2011 last night on TiVo and all those damn missed tackles from Mays...I think that Hightower is that IMPACT player that Elway is looking for. He's 6'2" and 265lbs and runs a 4.6 40. That's unbelievable. That's a mack truck flying through that line to squish that RB. He was the team captain on the best college defense over the past two years. He's a stud. He'll be a stud for us...
Round 2 - Pick #57
Mike Martin, DT, Michigan
Yes...he's only 6'1"...I don't care. I love Mike Martin. He's exactly the kind of DT I believe we need. He's relentless. He's strong. He's quick. He has the production and the measurables to be a solid Defensive Tackle in this league. In High School he was the State wrestling champ the first year he went out (his Junior year). He also broke T.J. Duckett's state shot put record in High School. The kid is an all around athlete who can fill the middle, chase down QBs and wreck havoc in the backfield. Is 57 too soon for Martin? Nope...I've seen some projections even earlier (Chiefs at #44). If he's there at #57...we snatch him up and count ourselves lucky.
Round 3 - Pick #89
Josh Chapman, DT, Alabama
Yes...we drafted 2 DTs in the first 3 rounds. What has been seen as an area of weakness is now an area of youth and strength. Chapman and Hightower together will bring that dominant defensive swagger that the Denver needs.
Round 4 - Pick #110 (via NYJets)
Alfonzo Denard, CB, Nebraska
Ok...so punching a cop the week before the draft isn't the brightest move...but Denard's financial loss will be Denver's defensive gain. Denard is a talented cover corner...who tackles well and will add at an area of need for Denver.
Round 4 - Pick #122
Michael Brewster, C/OG, Ohio State
Brewster is a bruiser who will add depth to an O-Line that needs it. He's 6'4" and 312lbs....benched 225lbs 29 times. He's smart, determined and can run the O-Line.
Round 5 - Pick #139 (via Rams)
Alex Hoffman-Ellis, OLB, Washington State
There is no question that Hoffman-Ellis is raw...but his potential is amazing. He's 6'1" and 232lbs. He ran the 40 in 4.54 and be benched 225 36 times. He had 88 tackles in 2011 against a talented Pac12 and knows how to play hard nosed D. You think we could find him a spot on special teams? How bout Will LB? I like this kid.
Round 6 - Pick #190 (via NYJets)
Michael Smith, RB, Utah State
Smith ran a 4.33 40...is 5'9" and 206lbs. He was a stand out at the North-South game...having an 80yrd TD run. He could be the steal of this draft. Look for his name on that last day of the draft.