Broncos Mock Draft Roundup

Kony Ealy - Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

In our first 2014 mock draft roundup, the Broncos are seen targeting positions of need across the board, including guard and middle linebacker. Check below who mock drafters have the Broncos taking at 31st overall in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Mile High Report - ILB C.J. Mosley, Alabama
If you flashed back several months ago, NFL scouts and general managers league-wide would be operating under the assumption that there wasn’t a snowball’s chance in Hell that CJ Mosley is available when the Broncos are on the clock with the 31st pick. However, this prediction takes into the account recent rumors that have surfaced in various reports that Mosley’s stock is falling due to underwhelming combine numbers and questions surrounding his health and medical evaluations in Indianapolis. No prospect is a sure bet, but the draft by virtue is a gamble — and I know that John Elway isn’t afraid to make moves and shake up a room. I can’t assure you that Mosley will be there when Denver selections, but I can assure you this: John Elway wants to win now.

SB Nation - WR Brandin Cooks, Oregon State
The Broncos are clearly in win-now mode. Decker left in free agency, so adding another wide receiver would help the offense. Brandin Cooks is an exciting playmaker who could at least contribute on special teams early.

ESPN - Mel Kiper 3.0 - LB Chris Borland, Wisconsin
Free agency rears its head. I actually had the Broncos taking a pass-rusher here initially, but the addition of DeMarcus Ware -- and I hope he stays healthy -- makes change an option. If you look at only the physical profile, you wouldn't consider Borland a first-round pick, but the tape tells another story. Borland isn't just a clean-up tackler, he's an instinctive attacker of the backfield, and a relentlessly instinctive player who can get on the field right away and make plays. I know for a fact there are teams that have him with a Round 1 grade. We'll see.

ESPN - Todd McShay 3.0 - DE Kony Ealy, Missouri
Ealy is a versatile defensive lineman who would be a good value pick here. He is a better pass-rusher than a run-stopper. Like most teams right now, the Broncos have some uncertainty along their defensive front entering free agency, with a couple of unrestricted free agents and Von Miller recovering from a torn ACL. Ealy would help fill that need.

Sports Illustrated - OG Xavier Su'a-Filo, UCLA
Say hello to Zane Beadles’ younger, cheaper replacement. By signing DeMarcus Ware, T.J. Ward and Aqib Talib to bolster the defense, John Elway left himself in position to hone in on one or two areas of specific need in Round 1. The OG spot without question belongs at the top of the list, and there is not a better prospect there than Su’a-Filo.

San Diego Union Tribune - OG David Yankey, Stanford
The Broncos essentially won free agency, so they can focus on something vital to the team's success: protecting Peyton Manning. Top needs: OT, CB, DL.

CBS (Pat Kirwan) - ILB C.J. Mosley, Alabama
Wesly Woodyard is gone and Mosley can stay on the field in all down-and-distance situations.

NFL Draft Scout - CB Jason Verrett, TCU
The Broncos paid top dollar for Aqib Talib but with the talented cornerback having never played a full season in his seven-year NFL career, Denver would be wise to add fortification to the position in the draft. Verrett may lack size but what the 5-09, 189-pound Verrett lacks in bulk, he more than makes up with grit and athleticism.

CBS Sports - DE Kony Ealy, Missouri
Injuries put a hurting on the Broncos' pass rush last season and Denver must develop depth in the front seven. Ealy has first-round tools and with some pro coaching, he should continue to blossom.

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