Well...after doing a lot of reading and watching of Mocks and draft analysis, I'm convinced that there is no chance that either Fletcher Cox or Luke Kuechley will fall to Denver at #25. Ultimately, I think Denver needs to be flexible and take advantage of other teams reaching to fill needs. This means we take the over used "Best Player Available" at #25. This could be a LB (Hightower). This could be a DT (Brockers or Poe). This could be a Safety (Baron). This could be a Corner (Kirkpatrick or Gillmore). Ultimately, I see the best player available who falls to us as being...
Round 1 - Pick #25
Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor
Kendall Wright's draft stock is plummeting. He's only 5'10". He only ran a 4.61 40 yard dash at the combine. As Hill and Floyd's stock rises, Wright's is falling. Why do we draft him? Because unlike Hill, he can make all the catches, run all the routes and perform as an NFL wide receiver. Unlike D.Thomas, he's not a project. In 2011 he had 108 receptions, 1,663 receiving yards, 14 TDs and nine 100 yard games. It could be argued that without Wright, RG3 would NOT have been a top 10 pick. Can you imagine what Manning could do with a talent like Wright?
Round 2 - Pick #57
Mike Martin, DT, Michigan
In my previous Mock I had us taking Martin in the 3rd. His stock is rising and he wont be there in the third. If we want this full tilt motor on our defensive line we'll need to take him with the 57th overall selection...and he'll be well worth it. He's the perfect DT in a 4-3 (unlike the larger NTs like Ta'amu, Poe or Chapman). He's a kid who has both the measurables, the production and the leadership to be a solid Bronco for a very long time. [The other possible pick here is Brandon Thompson, DT, Clemson, but ultimately I like Martin's effort more.]
Round 3 - Pick #89
George Iloka, S, Boise State
Iloka is a big, big hitting Safety. He's 6'4" and 225 lbs. He ran a 4.66 40 yrd dash and lifted 225lbs 20 times. He could play Will LB if necessary. He can cover the New England TEs and he can add extra tackling ability in the box. He'd add a lot of versatility to our defense...and after seeing him lay the wood...would quickly become a fan favorite.
Round 4 - Pick #110 (via NYJets)
Tank Carder, ILB, TCU
Denver's Linebacking corps is in desperate straights. While it re-signed Mays, Williams may be suspended for 6 games. While others point to the Mays signing as a positive, I'm not convinced. The 2011 Rose Bowl MVP who had 3 tackles for a loss against Wisconsin would add a lot to Denver's defense.
Round 4 - Pick #122
Jaye Howard, DT, Florida
Howard has all the skills. He has the quickness, strength and ability to be a premier DT in the NFL. The only question is his dedication. At this point in the draft, a 6'3" 301lb DT who can run a 4.82 40 yrd dash is a pretty descent gamble.
Round 5 - Pick #139 (via STL)
David Molk, C, Michigan
Molk is a work out fiend. He was voted the "Iron Wolverine" for best conditioned lineman at Michigan. He posted an eye popping 41 reps of 225lbs at the combine. He's coming off of knee/foot injuries or he would have been drafted much earlier. He's also only 6'1"...which is a concern to many teams. Molk considers himself the best Center in the draft...even ahead of Wisconsin's Konz. If he falls this far, he's going to have a chip on his shoulder...and something to prove on the field....which will only help him crack Denver's starting 5.
Round 6 - Pick #190 (via NYJets)
Michael Smith, RB, Utah State
Smith is 5'9' and 207lbs. He ran a 4.33 and 4.34 in his two 40-yrd dash runs at the Utah State Pro Day. His broad jump was 10'6". His vertical was an amazing 40.5. He lifted 225lbs 23 times. With those numbers...he's worth a flyer in the 6th.