I’m going all British on you in this post and looking at 3 players from across the pond who are entering the 2013 draft. Is there any chance the Broncos could be interested in any of them? Let’s see what they have to offer:
1. Menelik Watson – Menelik is an Offensive Tackle from Florida State. He was a starter at Right Tackle in 2012 and only allowed one sack all season. Menelik grew up in Manchester England, and has tried his hand at a range of sports before taking up football. The feeling is he has good size, and is physically imposing. He’s athletic with an explosive first step. He’s also very mobile. On the downside he has only played one year in college and is still raw, plus his technique will need to be cleaned up. Many think he’ll go in the late first/early second round.
2. Tom Wort – He comes from a small town called Crawley in the South of England and played as an Inside Linebacker at Oklahoma. He had a good college career; after being injured in 2009 he was a regular starter for 3 years. His best season was 2011, where he recorded 71 tackles (4.5 for loss), 3.5 sacks, two interceptions, and two pass breakups. He had an honourable mention on the All Big 12 team that season. According to the scouts he’s aggressive and instinctive, and read plays well. He’s also comfortable in zone coverage and quick over a short distance. However, he lacks size, he needs to improve his tackling technique and he isn’t great in man coverage. He’s projected as anything up to 6th round, and is considered to have potential, but may not have the necessary skills to succeed in the NFL.
3. Lawrence Okoye – Lawrence is a former Rugby player and Olympic Discus thrower who has never played football, yet there is a fair bit of buzz around him. He impressed at the Super regional combine in Dallas. At 6 foot 6 and 304 pounds he has freakish athleticism and posted a 4.78 seconds 40 yard dash and impressive numbers in the vertical (35 inches) and broad jumps (10-foot-5). With 34 and a half inch arms he’s being projected as a Defensive End, and as a possible late round pick as a development project. He’ll need a lot of work, but at 21 time is on his side, and a number of teams appear to be intrigued.
As for the Broncos, Menelik Watson is going to go too high for the Bronco’s to be interested, particularly at a position which isn’t a current need. The only way they take a look is if he falls a long way. Tom Wort probably won’t end up a Bronco either, we have developmental ILB’s and don’t need another one, if we’re in the market for one, I think it will be for a potential starter. Lawrence Okoye intrigues me, a ‘player’ who’s never played the game getting drafted seems a strange concept, but physically he is a beast. Maybe a team with more draft picks than we have will take a look in the late rounds, otherwise I see someone picking him up for a practice squad/developmental prospect. If he doesn’t get drafted I’d love for the Broncos to have a look, as having a Brit on the roster would be really exciting!
Does anyone think one of the Brits could end up a Bronco?