With the NFL Combine only a little over two weeks away, it is never too early to talk NFL Draft. Today ESPN's Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. have released their second Mock Drafts of the season. I'll also be taking a look at SB Nations Dan Kadar's Mock Draft. Lets take a look at who they have the Broncos taking.
First Up McShay.
CB Jason Verrett, 5'9 174lbs, TCU
First off I have no idea what McShay is talking about when he says that the Broncos top need is offensive tackle. Ryan Clady will be back, and Orlando Franklin has been solid at Right Tackle. Also backup Chris Clark showed he can be a dependable backup when called upon.
Anyways, back to the pick...
I like the position, but not too sold on the player. First off I do not view Verrett as a first round talent. Don't get me wrong he has skills but he is so undersized. At 5'9, 174lbs I have no doubt in my mind that he will struggle against bigger/stronger receivers on the outside. To me Verrett would be best used a slot only corner. You do not select slot only corners in the first round of the NFL Draft.
Overall I'm not a fan of this pick.
Next up is Kiper:
CB Bradley Roby, 5'10 192lbs, Ohio St.
I like this pick a lot more then McShays.
Roby has world class speed. Expect him to clock in the 4.3's at the combine. Roby has ideal size and is very athletic. As Kiper points out he is a physical corner with fluid hips which is very important for a corner. I like that Kiper points out that he can play press. Best way to disrupt a receiver is to jam him at the line.
With the Broncos thin at cornerback I would be very happy with this selection.
Next Up Is Dan Kadar (3 Rounds):
LB Ryan Shazier, 6'2 235lbs, Ohio St.
CB Pierre Desir, 6'1 195lbs, Lindenwood
RB Tre Mason, 5'9 205lbs, Auburn
I love this draft.
Ryan Shazier is one of my favorite prospects in this draft. He is a little undersized, but he reminds me a lot of Danny Trevathan. Has sideline to sideline speed, great tackler, and has the instincts you want in a linebacker. The biggest question about Shazier is his size, but I think he would be a solid addition to the Broncos.
Pierre Desir is a small school kid who has a ton of talent. great size and speed, but is pretty raw. With some good coaching he can turn into a very good NFL starter.
Tre Mason is one of my favorite running backs in this draft. In 2013 Mason averaged 5.7 yards per carry for 1,816 yards with 23 touchdowns. Doing that in the SEC is pretty impressive if you ask me. I think a Montee Ball and Tre Mason combo would be fun to watch.