Now the combine has come and gone. Athletic men in spandex have run quickly from a track stance, jumped from a standing position to touch little bars, run around orange cones, and had idiots from the media ask them stupid questions. The tests have told us who tests well athletically in a non-competition setting and who is media savvy. Let the speculation begin.
As for me, I like putting together mock drafts because it gives me something to do before I start watching the Rockies be mediocre again. This is my post-combine mock draft (all rounds) for my beloved team, and I've included my entire first round mock so that you can see where I am coming from.
First, the whole mock for round one, all teams included, no trades projected.
1. Houston Texans: Blake Bortles, QB
2. St. Louis Rams: Greg Robinson, OT
3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Johnny Manziel, QB
4. Cleveland Browns: Teddy Bridgewater, QB
5. Oakland Raiders: Jadaveon Clowney, DE
6. Atlanta Falcons: Jake Matthews, OT
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Anthony Barr, OLB
8. Minnesota Vikings: Khalil Mack, OLB
9. Buffalo Bills: Sammy Watkins, WR
10. Detroit Lions: Justin Gilbert, CB
11. Tennessee Titans: Taylor Lewan, OT
12. New York Giants: CJ Mosley, OLB
13. St. Louis Rams: HaHa Clinton-Dix, S
14. Chicago Bears: Timmy Jernigan, DT
15. Pittsburgh Steelers: Mike Evans, WR
16. Dallas Cowboys: Aaron Donald, DT
17. Baltimore Ravens: Marquise Lee, WR
18. New York Jets: Eric Ebron, TE
19. Miami Dolphins: Zach Martin, OT/G
20. Arizona Cardinals: Antonio Richardson, OT
21. Green Bay Packers: Louis Nix, DT
22. Philadelphia Eagles: Calvin Pryor, S
23. Kansas City Chiefs: Odell Beckham, WR
24. Cincinnati Bengals: Darqueze Dennard, CB
25. San Diego Chargers: Dee Ford, OLB/DE
26. Cleveland Browns: Kelvin Benjamin, WR
27. New Orleans Saints: Bradley Roby, CB
28. Carolina Panthers: Brandin Cooks, WR
29. New England Patriots: Jace Amaro, TE
30. San Francisco 49ers: Ra’shede Hageman, DE/DT
31. Denver Broncos: Kony Ealy, DE
32. Seattle Seahawks: Davonte Adams, WR
Now, my entire Denver Broncos Mock Draft rounds 1-7
Round 1, Pick 31: Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri
Ealy is a nice defensive end prospect with 3 down potential and good pass rush. He has pretty nice size and the physical tools you would want from his position. He does need to add strength for the NFL to be effective against the run, and needs to refine his techniques to be effective on the NFL level. He's certainly no Clowney, but he is still a fine prospect and Denver needs help at Defensive End. Phillips will likely be resigned, but we may lose Ayers to free agency. There's also no guarantees about Wolfe one way or another.
Round 2, Pick 63: Donta Moncrief, WR, Mississippi
Decker won't be back. Even if he offers a hometown discount, Denver has Von Miller, Julius Thomas, and Demaryius Thomas, plus Wes Welker to resign soon, just to name 4 guys. There just won't be the cap space to play with after those guys are signed until Manning retires. So, a replacement should be found. Moncrief is Decker's size with better speed. He certainly needs to show more toughness in fighting for balls, which was actually a problem I had with Decker, but there is definite number 2 receiver potential right away for Moncrief, and selecting him would hopefully cause Decker not to be missed much.
Round 3, Pick 95: Christian Jones, ILB, Florida State
The hole at middle linebacker. Since Al Wilson we haven't had a quality inside linebacker, unless you count DJ Williams I suppose when he moved there. Woodyard will be gone most likely, and he was out of position there anyway. Jones is a prospect I really like, especially in the late third round. There are questions about his ability to diagnose plays quickly at NFL speeds as opposed to college speeds, but I believe he can be coached well by Del Rio, and he has great athleticism and versatility, having lined up inside, outside, and on the line. I actually like Jones much better than Borland, Bullough, Smallwood, or other prospects because of his athleticism and ability to drop into coverage. Those other guys are Joe Mays 2.0, two down run-thumping types who are poor in coverage. Jones has the ability to cover tight ends much more effectively due to his athleticism.
Round 4, Pick 127: Rashaad Reynolds, CB, Oregon State
Denver needs help at cornerback, even if DRC is resigned. Chris Harris is good, but he's coming off a partial ACL tear. Champ Bailey is just not Champ Bailey anymore, although if he can get healthy he still is pretty good. He's not getting younger in any case. Webster should make strides going into his second year, but is still developing. Jammer and Carter really shouldn't be on the team. Rashaad Reynolds is underrated as a prospect, and is never going to "wow" with eye popping numbers in terms of measured combine results. But he's a great athlete with good, but not elite, speed and good strength. Reports say he's really smart and has great character. He's aggressive in the running game and is a good tackler. All in all, he's a good fit in Denver and has everything you'd want in a mid-round cornerback, including starting potential.
Round 5: Antone Exum, CB, Virginia Tech
Exum is a nice prospect who I believe will fall due to injury concerns. He's suffered an ACL tear, sprains, and reportedly underwent offseason knee surgery. He participated at the combine and ran, so it would appear that he is recovered, or mostly so. He didn't run well, and that will drop him, but some guys play faster on the field than their track style tests will show. He plays fast and he's pretty big as well. He also is a very good special teams player. Often overlooked due to the play of teammate Kyle Fuller.
Round 6: Brock Vereen, S, Minnesota
Vereen is an unheralded late round safety prospect who has pretty good coverage ability and also has nice size. He isn't strong against the run right now, and probably needs to add some more functional strength for that; nothing an NFL weight room can't fix. Denver could use depth at safety right now, and he could develop into a starter at some point, perhaps sooner rather than later, due to his intangibles and athleticism.
Round 7: Spencer Long, G, Nebraska
Long is good value here at the bottom of the 7th round. He may or may not have starting potential, but he could provide depth at the least, especially if Kuper is cut as a cap casualty. Long certainly has the requisite size, though he isn't quick to the second level to block downfield. A good developmental guy.
Undrafted name to look out for
Silas Redd - RB from USC who blocks well and runs hard.
Jerick McKinnon - Small school running back who performed pretty well at the combine and does everything fairly well
Jordan Zumwalt - Overachiever type of inside linebacker from UCLA who could provide depth at MLB.
Kadeem Edwards - Small school guard prospect who is raw, but has the physical gifts to be coached up
Zach Moore - Small school DE with all the physical gifts, but very raw and in need of coaching and development
Jalen Saunders - Small, but fast, receiver out of Oklahoma with some upside and nice return man potential
Todd Washington - Yet another small school guy, this time a cornerback who could make a nice developmental guy
Well, there is my Denver Broncos Mock Draft 2.0 post-combine. Feel free to leave comments and agree or disagree.