This is my first ever FanPost, but I am a regular on the BCMB. Here is my first and final mock draft for the Broncos.
1. CJ Mosley, LB, Alabama 6’2" 234 lb. 4.65 forty, 35" vert
I’ve conducted several mock drafts in preparation for this one mock, and CJ Mosley was available at our 31st pick for at least half the time and more. I, however, also think that we may need to trade up to 18-22 to grab him as teams like MIA, GB, PHI, and CLE may eye a MLB. Mosley has battled injuries during his four-year career as a starter for the Tide, and some teams may pass on him because of these durability concerns. I don’t expect the Broncos to stop that from drafting him. He is a leader and will bring that tough mentality that you want from a MIKE. He has great instincts and positioning against the run. He accelerates quickly to the ball and can lay the wood. He is also rangy and can play sideline-to-sideline and contribute in pass coverage. Mosley is a fierce hitter and sure-tackler who doesn’t back down. He gives great effort and is a three down linebacker. Mosley is a great fit at MLB in our defense and can start immediately.
2. Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt 6’3" 212 lb. 4.46 forty, 35.5" vert, 21 reps
Jordan Matthews carried the Vanderbilt offense in 2013 with the departure of Zac Stacy to the NFL. He went on to become the most prolific receiver in SEC history. I believe we need another WR, but not another small, slot-type receiver. Sanders, Welker, and Caldwell are all smaller slot guys and we need a WR to replace Decker’s physicality and tough hands. Matthews, at 6’3", has good speed (4.46) but lacks great explosiveness at the line of scrimmage. His soft hands and leaping ability will allow him to become a talented possession receiver at the next level. Matthews can play outside as an X receiver and has the versatility to kick inside as a slot receiver.
3. Pierre Desir, CB, Lindenwood 6’1" 198 lb. 4.59 forty, 35" vert
Pierre Desir excelled at Division II Lindenwood, earning the Cliff Harris Award (top defensive back for small colleges) last season. Desir has great length and the "desir"-able size to go with good athleticism and fluidity. He was solid during Senior Bowl week and proved his worth against top competition. He is a solid tackler who isn’t afraid of sticking his nose into run support. Desir possesses good instincts and can turn his head to locate the ball in the air. He provides talented depth behind Talib and Harris, as both have injury concerns. Webster started impressive but then hit the rookie wall and got picked on by opposing quarterbacks. It is also worth noting that Webster did miss some action due to a thumb injury.
4. Charles Sims, RB, West Virginia 6’0" 214 lb. 4.48 forty, 37.5" vert, 17 reps
Charles Sims had a productive college career with Houston and West Virginia. Sims fits our running scheme well as he possesses good vision and great one-cut ability. He accelerates through the line of scrimmage and has some elusiveness. We need a RB that can catch the football after the departure of Knowshon Moreno. Ball struggled with drops all year, and Hillman simply doesn’t impress in any facet of the rushing attack. Sims has soft hands and had 203 career receptions, with 70 coming in his freshman year at Houston. Sims is best suited for a rotational role within our offense and would fit in well behind Ball.
5. Billy Turner, OT, North Dakota State 6’5" 315 lb. 25 reps, 5.16 forty
Regardless of whether Orlando Franklin moves inside to LG or not, we need OL depth. Turner is a talented OT that stood out on a below-average line. He has good initial explosion that turns into surprising fluidity. He possesses good power and strength, often driving his assignment backwards. Questions about his level of competition shouldn’t be too concerning as he played well against teams like Kansas State and Minnesota. He has upside as an OT and comes in with more talent than Vinston Painter last year.
6. Aaron Colvin, CB, Oklahoma 5’11" 177 lb. 4.51 forty
A classic Elway pick as Colvin was a former top prospect that is now falling because of injury (Beal, Bolden, Smith). Colvin is also a good friend of Chris Harris Jr. Colvin has great arm length and reach. He plays with polished technique and possesses natural ball instincts. Colvin is physical and plays press coverage and is willing to mix it up in run support. He is a leader and has great work-ethic. Colvin has special teams experience and can apply a feisty hit. His unfortunate ACL injury at the Senior Bowl dropped him from being a late 1st to early 2nd round prospect to a Day 3 option for us.
7. Shamar Stephen, DT, Connecticut 6’5" 309 lb. 25 reps, 5.25 forty
Stephen is an athletic DT who can excel with further refinement and more consistency. He has fluidity and natural strength but lacks technique. Under JDR’s development, Stephen has the upside and potential to become a decent rotational lineman.