Wow! That was a fun week of free agency! Normally we're one of the least active teams during free agency, that Super Bowl loss must have really ticked off old #7. While we made some huge moves that upgraded our defense significantly we've still got some pretty big holes to fill on both sides of the ball.
We essentially traded DRC for Aqib Talib but what is our plan to replace Champ? I like Kayvon Webster as much as the next Bronco fan but I don't see him as a starter in the NFL and I would prefer we moved Chris Harris back to nickle where I think he is the most effective. What are our plans at middle linebacker? Is Nate Irving ready to step up??? Zane Beadles left town (sayonara and good riddance) and Manny "I can't hike the damn ball in the biggest game of my life" Ramirez is still our starting center. Then there is Erica Decker; I for one will miss his hollywood looks, his horrifically timed drops, his begging for PI flags, and his tripping over nothing.
Heading into the draft our biggest need is without a doubt middle linebacker but it's a position of little to no value when compared to corner back, defensive end, or wide receiver (just look at what it cost us to sign Talib, Ware, and Sanders). For that reason, I rank our biggest needs heading into the draft as CB>DE>WR>MLB>OG>C>FS but rarely can you fill every hole via the draft.
Onto the picks:
With the 31st overall selection in the 1st Round our beloved Denver Broncos select: Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State
It's been a LONG time since we've used a premium draft pick on a corner back but we cannot afford to ignore such a valuable position any longer. Bradley Roby is lightning quick with great instincts and could easily contribute day 1 if necessary.
"Roby has world-class speed with the click-and-close ability to play tight coverage and mirror receivers all over the field. 4.39-second 40-yard speed and a good fighting attitude to battle for the ball." - CBSSports.com
With the 63rd overall selection in the 2nd Round our beloved Denver Broncos select: Donte Moncrief, WR, Ole Miss
Erica Decker who? Donte Moncrief had a down year in 2013 but his skill set is extremely impressive. 6'2" 211lbs with a 4.40 sec 40!!!
"Moncrief's thick frame, deceptive speed and smooth route-running make him a nightmare for cornerbacks. He does not possess the explosive moves of Southern Cal's Marqise Lee or Clemson's Sammy Watkins but might be a better player than either of them. He is sudden in his breaks, showing the ability to generate separation even against tight man coverage, and accelerates quickly, often leaving defenders in his dust on double-moves. Moncrief tracks the ball well and generally shows excellent hands (one drop vs. Texas), as well as the body control to make the dazzling grab. Moncrief is also cognizant in the running game, showing awareness and toughness as a downfield blocker." - CBSSports.com
With the 95th overall selection in the 3rd Round our beloved Denver Broncos select: Christian Jones, MLB, Florida State
This year's crop of middle linebackers is lackluster at best. Florida State egregiously misused Christian Jones this year playing him at defensive end but their stupidity means we can probably get him as our middle linebacker of the future in the late 3rd round. 6'3" 240lbs and excellent in pass coverage - enough said!
"Tremendous athlete with has fluid footwork who flawlessly flips his hips to blanket tight ends or receivers down the field in coverage. Tall and long, which he uses well in coverage. Plays with excellent range and speed to chase down the action, taking proper angles in pursuit. Flashes the take-on strength to blow past blockers when he uses proper technique." - CBSSports.com
With the 127th overall selection in the 4th Round our beloved Denver Broncos select: Cyril Richardson, OG, Baylor
It wasn't that long ago that Cyril Richardson was considered the best guard in the 2014 NFL Draft but after a disastrous showing at the Senior Bowl he slips right to us in the later 4th round. He successfully protected RG3's blindside at Baylor and with some good coaching could easily replace Zane Beadles.
With the 159th overall selection in the 5th Round our beloved Denver Broncos select: Jeff Janis, WR, Saginaw Valley
I want this kid so bad!!! Jeff Janis has ideal size at 6'3" 219lbs and ideal speed with a 4.42 sec 40 at the Combine! The only thing that keeps him from being an earlier pick is that he went to Saginaw Valley (I don't even know where the hell that is).
With the 191st overall selection in the 6th Round our beloved Denver Broncos select: Tyler Larsen, C, Utah State
Tyler Larsen is not one of the premier centers in the 2014 NFL Draft and does have some knee injury issues in the past but he's got a lot of potential. I'm not sure Tyler Larson is ready to start but he'd be a nice backup and could pressure Manny Ramirez into playing better.
With the 223rd overall selection in the 7th Round our beloved Denver Broncos select: Marqueston Huff, FS, Wyoming
Does Marqueston Huff have a chance of starting at free safety in 2014? Probably not, but he does have some value late in the 7th round. Undersized but tenacious with some speed.
There you have it fellas!!! GO BRONCOS!!!