It's been a long time since our beloved Broncos made it to the Big Dance, it doesn't seem like 15 years though. I personally cannot wait for Sunday because I know we're going to crush Seattle and take home our 3rd Lombardi Trophy. The suspense is killing me but some of the side stories have been very interesting this week: #1 it seems like Peyton has more football to play and we'll be primed to defend our Super Bowl Championship next year, #2 DRC scared the hell out of me with the early retirement talk, and #3 it's going to be sad to see Knowshon Moreno go.
Thinking about players hitting free agency gets me excited for the draft and with the East-West Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl in the books draft boards are starting to stabilize. That means it's mock draft time! Our Broncos have already met with a few prospects: Tajh Boyd, QB Clemson, Deone Bucannon, SS, Washington State, Ahmad Dixon, SS, Baylor, Shamar Stephen, DT, UConn, and Austin Wentworth, OG, Fresno State. The fact that we've met with two top SS prospects could mean a lot or nothing at all.
Onto the picks!!!
Round 1 Pick #32: Our beloved Denver Broncos select Ryan Shazier, ILB, Ohio State
I think MLB is the weakest position on our team, Wesley Woodyard was an outstanding OLB but failed miserably at MLB and while Paris Lenon has played pretty well lately there is no doubt he is way past his prime. Ryan Shazier is slightly undersized but extremely talented, I think he could solidify our linebacker core with Von Miller, Danny Trevathan, and Nate Irving for the next 5 years.
Round 2 Pick #64: Our beloved Denver Broncos select Loucheiz Purifoy, CB, Florida
The heir apparent to Champ Bailey! I think Champ calls it a career after we win the Super Bowl on Sunday so it becomes a huge priority to start grooming a replacement. Purifoy was burned a couple of times this year but he's quick, has good ball skills, has pretty good size, and is good in man coverage.
Round 3 Pick #96: Our beloved Denver Broncos select Ahmad Dixon, SS, Baylor
I honestly didn't think SS was that big of a priority until I saw the list of prospects we had met with so far. I don't want to spend a 1st or 2nd round pick on a SS so using a 3rd round pick on a guy we must like a little bit has merit. Dixon would be a definite upgrade over Mike Adams.
Round 4 Pick #128: Our beloved Denver Broncos select Donte Moncrief, WR, Ole Miss
Round 5 Pick #160: Our beloved Denver Broncos select Antonio Andrews, RB, Western Kentucky
I don't think Knowshon will be back next year and it kills me considering how hard he plays and the emotional spark he brings to the team but its a business and running backs are a dime a dozen. Antonio Andrews isn't exceptional at any one thing but he represents great value at the end of the 5th round.
Round 6 Pick #192: Our beloved Denver Broncos select Shamar Stephen, DT, UConn
I'm not so sure DT is a big need but since we met with the kid and he fits nicely at the end of the 6th round why not?
Round 7 Pick #224: Our beloved Denver Broncos select Kadeem Edwards, OG, Tennessee State
You can never have enough offensive lineman even if they just get weeded out at training camp. Kadeem Edwards has some skills and might make an excellent backup.
There you have it fellas, feel free to tear me apart and give me your picks.