The 2012 NFL draft brought about some intense moments leading up to our first pick, DE/DT Derek Wolfe. Most thought we were selecting RB Doug Martin at 31 (trade with New England for 25), but the night ended with us traing 31 for Tampa Bay's 36 of the 2nd rd. We had all night of most of the next day trying to figure out who we were taking, since TB picked Doug with the one we traded with them. Is it DT Jerel Worthy? It's gotta be DE/DT Kendall Reyes, UCONN some said! The calmer body-parts mildly suggested it was Derek Wolfe (Please no! Small school level of competition!!!), and I was smiling from ear-to-ear...
This year's draft brings the same excitement that last years did (check out the trades here), and I hope we trade back to add a couple of picks to our meager 6 that we have. We don't have any real glaring needs but there are positions that need our immediate to projected future attention. And, what better time to do that than with a draft full of depth talent all around?
So without further adieu, let's move on to the meat of the subject - Trading back. My first 3 picks will be immediate contributors though they might not immediately start because the position is already occupied with a veteran starter ...
Denver Broncos (via trade back from 28 for SF -31/128/180), trade back with Ariz - 31 to 38/swap 90/128-69/174)
Denver selects at #38 CB Darius Slay, Mississippi St.
Slay was a relatively unknown before the Combine as most of the accolades went to his teammate Johnthan Banks. Elway knows that The Champ's time is running out and soon will have to move over to Free Safety. So we're making that transition as easy as possible with Champ sliding over to FS in the nickle defense and easing Slay into the #1 slot slowly. Slay's measurable athleticism are similar to what Champ's was during his rookie year of 1999. Give Slay a year or two and our #1 CB is solved for years to come...
Denver selects at #58 DE/OLB Cornelius Washington, UGA
Cornelius is what many call a "Tweener" as he played his early years at Georgia as a Linebacker.
At 6-4 and 265 pounds, he was one of the top performers among several drills, including the 40-yard dash (4.55), bench press (36 reps), vertical leap (39 inches) and broad jump (10-8). Miscast as a down-lineman in the Georgia's three-man front, Washington registered just a half sack as a senior in 2012 and was used to occupy blocks, freeing up room for Jones and the other Bulldog pass rushers. But Washington has the athleticism to be a handful for blockers in his own right. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
Jack Del Rio/DLine coach Jay Rodgers/and Linebacker coach Richard Smith are already drawing up the plans for this young man, who will eventually take over Dumervil's spot at RDE...Champ Bailey #1/Dime Safety, DRC #2/RCB, Chris Harris #3/Nickleback,Darius Slay #4. Tony Carter will be released in camp.
Denver selects at #74 RB LeVeon Bell, Mich St(Den/SF swaps 69 for 74/157/164 .
Some may say that picking Bell this early is a reach, but since I (Elway) don't listen to the dregs and bums of the MSM, I get my man to take over the Runningback slot. Bell is a powerful runner and can get the extra yards we need on short distant downs. There's nothing logical for reaching here, but with my first three picks I want them all to be starters, and I think I just accomplished that. Did I mention that he ran sky-high over my Boise St. Broncos? McGahee will compete with Moreno for the #1 spot while Bell develops and learns the system. Hillman will remain at #3 with the possibilty to move up to #2.
Denver selects at #125 DE Brandon Jenkins, FSU
I may get shot for saying this, but imo, DE Brandon Jenkins is a better defensive end than original backup Corneluis "Tank" Carradine is, and if it weren't for his Lisfranc injury suffered during a blowout defeat of Murray St., Tank probably goes back to FSU for another year. Getting Bandon here is a blessing because he was slated to go in the top 15 on most boards. With Jenkins playing the closed-end (Left-side DE), and Washington playing the open-end side (Right DE), we are set at DE with the ability to do what we wanted to do with Derek Wolfe - Have him gain muscle weight and move inside as Fox suggested. No need to hurry either one of these (Washington/Jenkins) with the depth Denver has at the position, but we're looking to close the book on this matter for a long time. Jeremy Beal and Robert Ayers kept for depth.
Denver selects at #140 S T.J. McDonald, USC (Den/Ariz swap 140/174 for 157/164)
Denver selects at #174 LT David Quessenbarry, SJSU
David made a name for himself at the Senior Bowl practices with his versatility and athleticism. David was the Spartins starting Left Tackle and team captain. We (the Johns) love good character/work ethics/versatile prospects/leaders, and getting this OLineman in the 6th makes it even sweeter...Depth on the OLine.
Denver selects at #180 WR Mark Harrison, Rutgers
Mark has the body (6'3 230 lbs) to seperate himself from the defender without even using his hands. His value dropped like (had a lot of draopped passes) his last two seasons when Mohamed Sanu was opposite of him, and then with trying to fill his shoes. Very fast 4.46/40. Check out his athleticism here...#4 receiver until we see what happens with Decker next year.
Denver selects at #234 DT T.J. Barnes, Georgia Tech
This big bodied DT can cause double teams as well as get pressure to collapse the pocket. JDR likes the big boys chewing up space...
Honors 2012 Raycom Collegiate All-Star Game 2012 Honorable Mention All-ACC (Coaches) 2009 ACC All-Freshman Team (Sporting News)
Started as a senior after serving as a solid back-up for three years at defensive tackle... began career in the 4-3 and successfully converted to the 3-4... tied teammate Rod Sweeting for the most career games played in Georgia Tech history (54)... played in the Raycom Collegiate All-Star Game... moves well for a player his size... played as a redshirt freshman in 2009 behind two starting tackles (Darryl Richard and Vance Walker) who went on to play in the NFL. Vickerson/Knighton/Barnes/Wolfe/Unrein (M Jackson?)Well there you have it, the knee-jerk, the twisted and the switcharoo. With all the trading back that would make Josh McDaniels jealous, John Elway added two (2) extra picks and got the majority of the prospects he targeted. Some may argue the timing of the picks, but no one can argue the athleticism and character by witch he sets the standard. I'd like to hear your thoughts on the process and the picks...