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Day 3 Prospects

So hear it is, the final day of the draft. This is the money making day, where good GM's are separated from the excellent GM's. If you hit on picks in this part of the draft you can really help out and fully develop your team/roster. The most recent hits I can think of are Brandon Marshall and Elvis Dummervil. If we can snag players and develop their ability quickly to play anywhere near the level of those two we'll be sittin' pretty.

Regardless of how you feel about the first three picks, the Broncos definitely seem to be a good job addressing their needs. I've compiled a list of prospects (with the help of ESPN.com's player tracker) that fall in the remaining areas of need for the Broncos. I think the order of our needs are as follows; Defensive End, Safety/Offensive Line depth, Linebacker, then Wide Receiver. I put them this way because it seems like the organizations focus is adding solid defensive pieces to every level to keep that unit in top notch shape, while selectively adding targeted offensive pieces.

I'll highlight the names I recognize and anything else in find interesting. I'm looking forward to hearing who you guys know and what prospects you may be pulling for.

DEFENSE

NAME

POS

HT

WT

SCHOOL

GRADE

POS RANK

OVR RANK

Alex Okafor

DE

6'4½"

264

Texas

77

8

69

John Simon

DE

6'1½"

257

Ohio State

74

9

84

William Gholston

DE

6'6¼"

281

Michigan State

73

10

94

Cornelius Washington

DE

6'4"

265

Georgia

71

12

104

Michael Buchanan

DE

6'5⅜"

255

Illinois

70

13

108

Mike Catapano

DE

6'3⅜"

270

Princeton

68

15

117

Devin Taylor

DE

6'7"

266

South Carolina

67

16

123

Quanterus Smith

DE

6'4¾"

250

Western Kentucky

66

17

126

Trevardo Williams

DE

6'1¼"

241

Connecticut

61

18

142

Stansly Maponga

DE

6'1⅞"

256

TCU

58

19

156

Malliciah Goodman

DE

6'3⅝"

276

Clemson

56

20

167

Lavar Edwards

DE

6'4"

277

LSU

55

21

172

Armonty Bryant

DE

6'3⅞"

263

East Central Oklahoma

50

22

200

Joe Kruger

DE

6'6¼"

269

Utah

49

23

209

Tourek Williams

DE

6'2⅞"

260

Florida International

47

24

224

Kapron Lewis-Moore

DE

6'3⅝"

298

Notre Dame

44

25

240

I recognize Okafor, Simon, Gholston, Washington, and Smith (there was an Unknown Solider article written by some one on him I believe). The one I am pulling most for us to get is Cornelius Washington. He was a vastly underrated player on and excellent Georgia defense and I believe slightly mis-cast as a 5-tech. He has a lot of athleticism and is a player I believe could push/compete with Ayers for playing time and also offers positional versatility along the defensive line.

NAME

POS

HT

WT

SCHOOL

GRADE

POS RANK

OVR RANK

Kevin Reddick

ILB

6'1⅜"

243

North Carolina

74

4

90

Steve Beauharnais

ILB

6'0⅞"

240

Rutgers

62

7

137

Nico Johnson

ILB

6'1⅝"

248

Alabama

58

8

158

Michael Mauti

ILB

6'1⅞"

243

Penn State

50

9

202

A.J. Klein

ILB

6'1¼"

250

Iowa State

48

10

219

John Lotulelei

ILB

5'11⅜"

233

UNLV

44

11

242

NAME

POS

HT

WT

SCHOOL

GRADE

POS RANK

OVR RANK

Khaseem Greene

OLB

6'0¾"

241

Rutgers

79

5

65

Brandon Jenkins

OLB

6'2½"

251

Florida State

71

7

105

DeVonte Holloman

OLB

6'1⅜"

243

South Carolina

70

8

110

Chase Thomas

OLB

6'3¼"

244

Stanford

68

9

118

Ty Powell

OLB

6'2⅛"

249

Harding

61

11

144

Sean Porter

OLB

6'1¼"

229

Texas A&M

60

12

148

Jelani Jenkins

OLB

6'0½"

243

Florida

59

13

153

Gerald Hodges

OLB

6'1"

243

Penn State

54

14

181

Lerentee Mccray

OLB

6'2⅛"

250

Florida

49

15

211

Nathan Williams

OLB

6'3"

241

Ohio State

47

16

225

Keith Pough

OLB

6'1¾"

239

Howard

44

17

243

Nick Moody

OLB

6'1"

236

Florida State

43

18

249

Samuel Barrington

OLB

6'0⅞"

246

South Florida

42

19

251

Michael Taylor

OLB

6'1⅜"

234

Wisconsin

41

20

257

The names i recognize the most are Kevin Reddick, Nico Johnson, Khaseem Greene, and Brandon Jenkins. I don't think linebacker is the highest need for us, it's actually probably one of the lowest at this point. However I don't think I would mind if we drafted Kevin Reddick. He was the leader of a very good Tarheel defense for a few years there and played multiple linebacker positions, even with his hand in the dirt a few times. I believe his versatility and moderate pass rush skills could be very helpful for depth and competition purposes, not to mention special teams.

NAME

POS

HT

WT

SCHOOL

GRADE

POS RANK

OVR RANK

Shamarko Thomas

S

5'8⅞"

213

Syracuse

76

6

78

Phillip Thomas

S

6'0½"

208

Fresno State

72

7

96

Bacarri Rambo

S

6'0½"

211

Georgia

70

9

109

Duke Williams

S

5'11"

203

Nevada

66

10

127

Earl Wolff

S

5'11¼"

209

North Carolina State

63

11

134

Jakar Hamilton

S

5'11"

196

South Carolina State

58

12

157

Zeke Motta

S

6'2¼"

213

Notre Dame

55

13

173

Shawn Williams

S

5'11⅞"

213

Georgia

52

15

189

Rontez Miles

S

5'11⅝"

203

California (PA)

51

16

194

Robert Lester

S

6'1¼"

220

Alabama

49

17

210

Daimion Stafford

S

5'11⅝"

221

Nebraska

48

18

218

Jamoris Slaughter

S

5'11¾"

195

Notre Dame

46

19

229

Joshua Evans

S

6'1⅛"

207

Florida

45

20

235

Bradley McDougald

S

6'0¼"

215

Kansas

44

21

241

Jawanza Starling

S

6'0¾"

202

USC

41

22

254

It seems like there are a lot of good safety's left on the board and that may make it more likely that one falls to use in rounds 4 or 5. I keep hearing good things about Rambo, but am most excited about Phillip and Shamarko Thomas (who comes from my home state of New York). Shamarko seems to be the above average in all areas (instincts, cover skills, run support, character, and durability) except for ball skills and Phillip seems to be the best ball hawk left. They would both add good cover skills and instincts to the back end.

OFFENSE

NAME

POS

HT

WT

SCHOOL

GRADE

POS RANK

OVR RANK

Marquise Goodwin

WR

5'8⅞"

183

Texas

69

12

114

Da'rick Rogers

WR

6'2½"

217

Tennessee

68

13

120

Ryan Swope

WR

6'0⅛"

205

Texas A&M

67

14

125

Josh Boyce

WR

5'11⅛"

206

TCU

66

15

129

Chris Harper

WR

6'0¾"

229

Kansas State

61

16

146

Tavarres King

WR

6'0¼"

189

Georgia

60

17

150

Aaron Mellette

WR

6'2⅜"

217

Elon

58

18

160

Cobi Hamilton

WR

6'1¾"

212

Arkansas

57

19

165

Ace Sanders

WR

5'7"

173

South Carolina

56

20

170

Kenny Stills

WR

6'0½"

194

Oklahoma

55

21

177

Denard Robinson

WR

5'10½"

199

Michigan

54

22

183

Alan Bonner

WR

5'10¼"

193

Jacksonville State

53

23

187

Zach Rodgers

WR

6'0"

175

Tennessee

52

24

193

Charles Johnson

WR

6'2"

209

Grand Valley State

51

25

198

Marquess Wilson

WR

6'2⅝"

194

Washington State

50

26

207

Conner Vernon

WR

6'0¼"

196

Duke

49

27

216

Alec Lemon

WR

6'1¼"

202

Syracuse

48

28

223

Marcus Davis

WR

6'3"

233

Virginia Tech

47

29

227

Theo Riddick

WR

5'10⅛"

201

Notre Dame

46

30

233

T.j. Moe

WR

5'11½"

204

Missouri

44

31

247

Mark Harrison

WR

6'2⅞"

231

Rutgers

42

32

253

Personally, I dont believe receiver is that high of a need. We could target someone in the seventh round or even a priority undrafted free-agent and I wouldn't care. We've all ready got Gerrel Robinson and greg Orton who I believe could be good players. Peyton has a history of helping receivers play above their ability and as long as the receiver we bring in is competitive and cerebral I think he would be a valuable member of the squad, Denard Robinsn anyone?

NAME

POS

HT

WT

SCHOOL

GRADE

POS RANK

OVR RANK

David Bakhtiari

OT

6'4¼"

299

Colorado

72

8

99

David Quessenberry

OT

6'4⅞"

302

San Jose State

67

10

124

Xavier Nixon

OT

6'5⅝"

321

Florida

66

11

128

Reid Fragel

OT

6'7⅝"

308

Ohio State

63

12

135

Ricky Wagner

OT

6'5⅞"

308

Wisconsin

62

13

140

Jordan Mills

OT

6'5"

316

Louisiana Tech

57

14

163

Roger Gaines

OT

6'6¼"

334

TCU

55

15

175

Tanner Hawkinson

OT

6'5¼"

298

Kansas

51

16

196

Vinston Painter

OT

6'4¼"

306

Virginia Tech

50

17

203

Emmett Cleary

OT

6'6⅞"

316

Boston College

49

18

212

John Wetzel

OT

6'7"

315

Boston College

45

19

237

Braden Brown

OT

6'5⅜"

310

Brigham Young

44

20

244

Mark Jackson

OT

6'5⅜"

328

Glenville State

41

21

258

NAME

POS

HT

WT

SCHOOL

GRADE

POS RANK

OVR RANK

Jeff Baca

OG

6'3⅜"

302

UCLA

65

8

131

Oday Aboushi

OG

6'5⅜"

308

Virginia

62

9

139

Earl Watford

OG

6'3⅜"

300

James Madison

58

10

159

Ryan Jensen

OG

6'4⅛"

306

Colorado State-Pueblo

57

11

162

Alvin Bailey

OG

6'3⅛"

312

Arkansas

55

12

174

J.C. Tretter

OG

6'3⅝"

307

Cornell

54

13

180

Edmund Kugbila

OG

6'4⅛"

317

Valdosta State

52

14

191

Garrett Gilkey

OG

6'5⅞"

318

Chadron State

51

15

195

Chris Barker

OG

6'2⅝"

305

Nevada

46

16

230

Stephane Milhim

OG

6'3¾"

314

Massachusetts

43

17

248

Travis Bond

OG

6'5⅞"

329

North Carolina

42

18

250

NAME

POS

HT

WT

SCHOOL

GRADE

POS RANK

OVR RANK

Brian Schwenke

OC

6'3"

314

California

77

2

72

Barrett Jones

OC

6'4½"

306

Alabama

72

3

97

Khaled Holmes

OC

6'3¼"

302

USC

56

4

168

I think offensive line depth is a bigger need than wide receiver at this point. Barrett Jones played every where for Alabama and would provide valuable Guard and Center depth. Some home grown talent with Ryan Jensen or David Bakhtiari wouldn't be bad. Or even Ricky Wagner, though he would have to polish up his pass blocking skills so he wasn't too much of a liability to our QB's health. As long as we pick the most versatile lineman, with an emphasis on tackle versatility, I think we'll be good.

This is a Fan-Created Comment on MileHighReport.com. The opinion here is not necessarily shared by the editorial staff of MHR

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