Grad's Ranking of the BDPA

Ok...I am conceding we MUST go Defense with pick #25. We need to add strength to our Defense, regardless of position and we need to add to its effectiveness. We did pick up Porter and Adams to bolster the secondary but we still don't know the status of Dawkins. Champ is nearing the end of this career. DJ is out 6 games. Mays has a new contract but inspires no loyalty. Elvis is a lock for a starter but Ayers is not. DT is the biggest area of that gives the DTs some extra weight in doing a player vs player analysis. Sooo...without further ado...this is how I would rank the possible defensive players who "could" be available to us in the first round (and how I hope the Bronco's "Big Board" in the WarRoom looks:

1) Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State

2) Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU

3) Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College

4) Michael Brockers, DT, LSU

5) Melvin Ingram, DE, S. Carolina

6) Quinton Coples, DE, N. Carolina

7) Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama

8) Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis

9) Mark Barron, S, Alabama

10) Dont'a Hightower, ILB, Alabama

11) Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina

12) Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama

13) Whitney Mercilus, OLB, Illinois

14) Nick Perry, DE, USC

15) Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State

16) Devon Still, DT, Penn State

17) Kendall Reyes, DT, UConn

The one thing that is certain about NFL drafts is that they NEVER go as predicted. Someone ALWAYS falls. Someone ALWAYS is picked way ahead of where the pundits say he should be. I predict that 6 of the above players will be available at #25 and we'll have to make a decision as to whether there is enough additional DT talent to pass on Worthy, Still or Reyes and take a Hightower, Upshaw Gilmore or Ingram. If Cox, Poe or Brockers falls to us...then its a no brainer. If Kuechly falls to us, its a no brainer. The tough call is one of the bottom DTs vs a LB, CB or DE. Given the available DTs in Round 2, I think we should take a Gilmore, Kirkpatrick, Upshaw, Baron or Hightower AHEAD of Worthy or Still. The drop off from those guys to the next group is larger than the drop off from Worthy/Still/Reyes to Martin/Thompson/Chapman.

What do you think? Is DT such an area of need that we reach for Worthy, Still or Reyes while a Gilmore, Kirkpatrick, Upshaw, Baron, Perry, Mercilus or Hightower is still on the board?

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