Mel Kiper's latest mock-draft is out, and it's a three-rounder. Kiper claims it's a "Grade: A" for each team, arguing that he put himself in the shoes of each GM for each pick, which I guess is supposed to sound somehow different than every other mock draft out there.
In the first round, Kiper has the Broncos taking someone that fans are becoming familiar with.
Top needs: OL, ILB, DL, TE
Round 1 (28) C Cameron Erving, Florida St.
Round 2 (59) DT Carl Davis, Iowa
Round 3 (92) LB Lorenzo Mauldin, Louisville
Analysis: The top need I have for the Broncos is on the interior of the offensive line, and while I've had Erving here to Denver in traditional mock drafts in which I'm projecting picks, he also lands here when it's me making the pick, because he really is a nice marriage of solid board value matching up with a top need. He was dominant when he made the move from left tackle to center midway through his senior season, and while he can play guard if needed, I do think he has the physical ability and instincts to be one of the NFL's best centers. In Round 2, I'm adding a stout defender on the inside for a defense now without Terrence Knighton. While Davis' tape doesn't show the explosiveness and ability to penetrate that he showed at the Senior Bowl, he can hold the point and can give me 500-plus snaps as a rookie, which is needed. Mauldin also has the ability to step in right away at linebacker. I don't think he'll make waves as a pass-rusher early in his career, but he can be used there situationally and isn't shy against the run, so I'd be surprised if he's not pushing for a starting role as early as his rookie season.
MHR's take: Erving has often been linked to the Bronocs. He was someone we mock-drafted to Denver back in January - Christopher Hart wrote, "Cameron Erving is a player on the rise that would give the Broncos a starting talent at center, guard or tackle from Day 1." Just this week, Scotty Payne posted a scouting report on Erving and concluded that he fit Denver's scheme "perfectly."
As for the other picks, as long as it's good value, I'm all for the Broncos addressing defensive tackle and linebacker in the draft.