MIAMI GARDENS, FL - SEPTEMBER 24: Running back Lamar Miller #6 of the Miami Hurricanes rushes upfield against the Kansas State University Wildcats September 24, 2011 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
Well if this goes anything like my last few mocks, we should be almost guaranteed not to get either of these guys, but that's why it's fun--because there are a million different options to choose from.
1. Fourth Round, 101st overall: Lamar Miller, RB, Miami
Is there something wrong with this kid? I thought Miller would be our pick at 36 if he was available based on what I'd heard, but the Broncos passed on him with all three picks. I don't know if we can pass on him at 101 overall, though, he can't be much lower than 64th on our board if he's not higher.
I personally have Lamar with a 90 overall grade, which puts him at a late first round value. Obviously no other NFL team agrees with me. Of course, Miller is raw having left school after his RS Sophomore season, but he has explosiveness that teams covet and he could be that "featured" back that the Broncos seek. I really like Ronnie Hillman in the mix, but I don't feel he is going to be the kind of guy who will carry a full load. I think he and Miller could split the carries as the Broncos' RB tandem of the future, and hopefully Knowshon Moreno can stick around as a rotational player.
2. Fourth Round, 108th overall: Brandon Boykin, CB, Georgia
The Broncos lost Eddie Royal to the San Diego Chargers, leaving a void at the KR/PR position. Enter Brandon Boykin, my top rated return specialist in the draft as well as a darn fine cornerback. Boykin isn't a big corner, but he has potential to start in the NFL. Here's my report from earlier last season:
Boykin is one of the most electric return men in the country, and while he has some growing to do at the cornerback position, he has really improved his skills over the last couple of years. In the last two seasons, he has 95 tackles, six interceptions, and his first career sack, which came in 2010. Where Boykin has made himself a household name is on special teams, where he has 72 career kick returns, four of which he has taken back for touchdowns. His three kick return touchdowns in 2009 are the best mark in school history, and while he’s slightly undersized, he is one of the fastest players in the country. Boykin elected to stay for his senior season despite considering entering the 2011 NFL Draft. Because of his speed and playmaking ability, he has potential to be a big time NFL player someday.
So there you have it, that's how I think the fourth round should shake out for the Broncos. What do you think?