Still waiting to see a (hopefully two) DTs signed via free agency. I like the consensus favorite is Amobi Okoye. Justin Bannan has been in for a visit as well. Aubrayo Franklin is also available as a stout DT. I'd really like to have EFX sign two of those three and still look to add young talent through the draft and after the draft when some veterans get cut.
Some prospects I would like the Broncos to draft have had their stocks rise as of late and don't seem to be a legitimate option anymore at 25. I'm strongly against trading up so I wont consider that an option. On to my mock.
Our 1st pick is really difficult for me. There are so many prospects available that you can make an argument for. I want to project Fletcher Cox but with the rise of his stock recently I highly doubt he'll be available. Devon Still will probably be available but I've seen Still disappear in games. Zeitler (OG - Wisconsin) dominated Still in their match up to win their division in the B1G and reach the inaugural B1G Championship game. Speaking of Wisconsin linemen, Peter Konz is a plug-and-play for the next 10 years and our center position is in desperate need of an upgrade. I really like Hightower and what he brings to the LB position but I want to give Irving an opportunity. Dre Kirkpatrick would be a great value but too many teams need a CB between where Claiborne goes and #25. Stephon Gilmore is really growing on me but, like Kirkpatrick, I doubt he remains on the board to #25 when teams like the Cowboys, Bengals, Titans, and Lions all could use secondary help. I don't see a project like Stephen Hill being a smart pick when we already have a more complete version in Demaryius (Optimus Prime) Thomas. As you can tell, I'm really torn with this selection. Trading down would be premium, but it's nearly impossible to project a partner.
Round 1- Janoris Jenkins CB - North Alabama
There are a number of different directions EFX can go with this pick. I chose Janoris Jenkins because of his unquestioned ability. Arguably the best corner talent-wise in the draft. I know I'll have a difficult time trying to convince the majority of MHR that this is a smart/safe guy to take. I'll agree that his past is shady at best. Four children by three different women (I believe I read that somewhere, but don't quote me) speaks for itself, including the drug charges while at Florida. But I believe that he's learned from his past and deserves another chance. He no longer hangs out with the people that he did previously and I think he is ready to become a professional in every sense of the word. The Bronco locker room has enough character guys to help this kid mature into a top-flight corner in this league. Tracy Porter is signed for a year and Champ isn't getting any younger. Many believe that Goodman will be cut (that's why I wanted Patrick Peterson at #2 last year). Jenkins' talent is crazy. He's been very successful over his career against elite competition (AJ Green, Julio Jones). His combine numbers were very good as well. 4.46 40-yard dash, 33.5" vertical, 4.13 short shuttle and is a willing tackler.
Round 2 - Brandon Thompson DT - Clemson
Probably the most under-appreciated and least talked about DT in this draft class. And if Thompson is available in round 2 EFX shouldn't hesitate, this is great value for Thompson. He is every bit the prospect that Still is and comes at a better price. He's played since his freshman year and is an excellent run stuffer. Constantly commanded a double team at Clemson. He'll provide what Bunkley gave up last year with the upside of being an exceptional athlete for his size and being younger and cheaper.
Round 3 - Isaiah Pead RB - Cincinnati
The Big East Offensive POY. EFX wants to add RB depth regardless of Knowshon's status and Pead is great value in the 3rd round. He's a 3-down back. Ran a 4.47 at the combine at has shown he is a home run threat every time he touches the rock. He catches the ball well and shows great vision and agility to allude would-be tacklers. Not quite sure that his pass-protection is where it needs to be but that will come with time. A bigger build than similar backs around this slot (LaMichael James) which will allow Pead to hold up during the tough NFL season.
Round 4 (NYJ) -Sean Spence LB - Miami (FL)
Spence is undersized but will be perfect for a Will backer in a 4-3. The status of DJ is up in the air and who knows if he stays with the team. There is not much behind Woodyard so depth is a necessity. Spence ran a 4.71 at the combine but plays much faster. He has been nothing but productive since arriving at the U.
Round 4- Jaye Howard DT - Florida
Howard is quick off the ball, but notoriously inconsistent in his play. He does show flashes however and I think would flourish in as a rotational DT. He's tough against the run and has shown that he's able to penetrate. Howard is great value in the 4th round and can contribute right away.
Round 5 (STL) - A.J. Jenkins WR - Illinois
Solid numbers at Illinois with shaky QB play. Nice size for a slot, possibly #2 receiver. Ran a 4.39 40 with a 38.5" vertical. Jenkins would fit nicely in our new, presumably pass-heavy offense and bring nice depth to the WR position. Jeff Fuller from Texas A&M is an alternate option here.
Round 6 (NYJ) - Garth Gerhart C - Arizona State
Gerhart will bring good depth to the center position behind Walton. I think he has the skill set to backup the guard position as well. He provides much needed line depth and provides good value here. Is a bit undersized for the position.
Bring on the criticism..... GO BRONCOS!