As we exit the free agency period of 2015, the draft comes into full focus. And it's no surprise that the position group to which I graded the Broncos an 'F' in free agency is getting a lot of attention in mock drafts.
The offensive line.
Two mock drafts released Monday have the Broncos beefing up their front five and trying to replace Orlando Franklin with an upgrade at tackle.
Humphries eventually projects as a left tackle, but while it's unclear what role he'd play for Denver in 2015 (possibly right tackle, guard or as a sixth lineman), he's a great fit in new head coach Gary Kubiak's zone-blocking scheme because of his athleticism and movement skills. Moreover, the Broncos have to replace Orlando Franklin along their offensive line (he went to San Diego in free agency) and they really struggled in pass protection, which is Humphries' strength. They could also look at Carl Davis here to replace Terrance Knighton (now with the Redskins) at nose tackle.
In Denver's offense, Clemmings is a perfect fit. He's a powerful blocker who can handle himself against power rushers on the right side. He'll need some help on occasion against speed rushers, but he's still somewhat raw and should get better in this area. With a player like Clemmings in the fold, it would be hard to find a weakness in Denver's offensive line.
What's interesting that both McShay and Kadar believe both of these players are first-round talents; they just have the order a bit different. McShay had Clemmings off the board at #25, and Kadar had Humphries gone at #20.
I am a strong proponent of 'BPA', no matter the position. But this a year where it's starting to look like mock drafters believe the Broncos are drafting for need. No matter the player, the best offensive lineman available is the pick.