Broncos with their 4th-round compensatory pick (No. 133 overall) take Florida center Max Garcia. #9News— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) May 2, 2015
#Broncos have told Garcia that they expect him to compete for starting center's job. Gino Gradkowski is currently tops on depth chart— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) May 2, 2015
Scouting Report (via NFL.com)
Team captain who is beloved by teammates, fans and his coaches. Considered a hard worker in weight room. Has upper-body power to torque and move defenders. Phone-booth mauler. Shoots his strong hands inside and fights to keep them there. Features power, body control and hand placement to win early in the snap. Usually recognizes twists, coming off initial block to pick up twister. Despite gentle demeanor off the field, is willing to mix it up and turn a snap into a fistfight if need be. Showed off natural power in reps against Washington's Danny Shelton and Iowa's Carl Davis at Senior Bowl practices.
Heavy-legged player limited to primarily power-based schemes. Small radius of effectiveness as a blocker and unable to get hands on moving targets on second level. Plays with leg stiffness and is unable to gain consistent leverage through adequate bend. Rarely low man in short-yardage scrum. Feet stall at contact. Inconsistent footwork to secure and improve his positioning. High pad level forces him to give some ground against bull rushers. Might struggle with athletic penetrators. Unable to help much in screen game.
At 6'4" and 309 Garcia possesses the right size for the job. Regardless of the scouting report, Max is a very athletic player with good feet. He is able to make it to the 2nd level and moves well in space---should be tailor made for the zone blocking scheme.
Max is also versatile. In 2011 he started 12 games at left tackle, in 2013 started 7 games at LG and 5 games at LT, and in 2014 started all 12 games at C earning 2nd team All-SEC honors.
Garcia will come in and compete with Gino Gradkowski for the starting center position. Along with Ty Sambrailo, the Broncos have added some good young talent that will help create some more competition along a line that desperately needs solid players.
|Broncos 2015 Draft Picks|
|1||23||Shane Ray||DE/OLB||6'3"||245||Missouri||Scouting report|
|4||133||Max Garcia||C||6'4"||309||Florida||Scouting report|
|5||164||Lorenzo Doss||CB||5'10"||182||Tulane||Scouting report|
|6||203||Darius Kilgo||DT||6'3"||319||Maryland||Scouting report|
|7||252||Josh Furman||S||6'1"||210||Oklahoma State|