As we have been talking about the past week on here... With the rising stock of Fletcher Cox and Michael Brockers.. every day it seems less and less likely that they will fall to us at 25... The likelihood of us trading up is very low and I believe it will be difficult for us to find a trading partner for us to trade back. Therefore I think we should draft the best player available on the defensive side of the ball. There is not one position on this side of the ball that we could not use improvement on. Aside from Defensive tackle, the following positions could be addressed:
We resigned Joe Mays but we all know that he is not the future of the organization. Nate Irving could be a different story but that has still yet to be seen and many believe he won't be able to fill the role and he has never been the same since his freak car accident. The two great prospects that could possibly be available in this position at our pick are Luke Kuechly and Dont'a Hightower. Both of these prospects are sound tacklers and all around great players who can start from day one and play for the next 10 years. If I had to choose between one of them I would go with Kuechly because of his coverage skills. But Hightower is a more physical backer who played on the best defense in college football last year.
Signing Tracy Porter to a one year deal was a good move by the Broncos but we need to get a guy to groom under the leadership of future HOF Champ Bailey. Some guys that could possibly be available if they slip this far include Dre Kirkpatrick and Stephon Gilmore. Kirkpatrick is my favorite corner in the draft, but either of these guys would be a great pick up at the 25th pick! Good corners are hard to come by in the draft and I believe these two have all the skills to be great especially if they learn from one of the best to ever play the position.
Elvis Dumervil is one of the premier defensive ends in the league and will anchor that side of his position for years to come. As for Robert Ayers, a first round pick by Josh McDaniels, he has not lived up to his first round expectations. He is still a very solid player in run support and I do appreciate him for that but he was expected to be a good pass rusher coming into the NFL. I will give him credit for improving this past year, particularly the end of the season when he came up with big plays (Pittsburgh Playoff game), but we could definitely use another end with supreme pass rushing skills. There are 4 possible additions who we could add that are first round talents. The first two who will more than likely be gone, are Quinton Coples and Melvin Ingram. Coples is the premier defensive tackle of the draft and the odds of him or Ingram being here is extremely unlikely so we won't talk about them. The next four defensive ends are Courtney Upshaw from Alabama, Chandler Jones from Syracuse, Andre Branch from Clemson and Nick Perry from USC. Any of these prospects would make our pass rush much more lethal. I am a big fan of Nick Perry because of his quick first step.
The only player the FO would consider drafting at this position would be Mark Barron and I don't believe that they will. We drafted both Rahim Moore and Quentin Carter who both have potential.
Whether or not DJ Williams' suspension holds up or not, I am not sure which direction Denver plans to go with him. I could see us trading him down the road. Outside Linebackers that could fit well with our existing defense at first round talent are Lavonte David and Shea McLellan. I am bigger on McLellan but see him more as a high second round pick, so addressing outside linebacker would almost be pointless here as it would be the same thing as reaching for a defensive tackle.
Let me know your guys opinions on who we should take if there isn't a prospect worthy at the defensive tackle position and take the poll!
What position would you address if the talent at defensive tackle simply is not first round worthy when we are up to pick?
Middle Linebacker: Kuechly or Hightower (64 votes)
Cornerback: Kirkpatrick or Gilmore (66 votes)
Defensive End: Upshaw, Jones, Branch, Perry (18 votes)
Outside Linebacker: David or McLellan (4 votes)
Safety: Mark Barron... (2 votes)
154 total votes