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30 NFL mock drafts guess the Denver Broncos 31st pick

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From now until late April, the most pressing question will be who John Elway and the Denver Broncos are going to be targeting with the 31st pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.

If you look at recent history you might notice that Elway has taken a defensive player with the first pick of each of his five NFL drafts, which sort of gives the rumors that they will be looking for a defensive lineman in the first round some weight.

Then you have the mock drafts. SB Nation compiled a nice list of 30 such mock drafts for us to delve into this week. Let's see who the "experts" think the Broncos might be targeting late in the first round.

Top players mocked to the Broncos
  • Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana (16.3%)
  • Hunter Henry, TE, Arkansas (11.6%)
  • Jonathan Bullard, DE, Florida (7%)
  • Cody Whitehair, OG, Kansas State (7%)
  • Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama (7%)
  • Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama (7%)
  • Shon Coleman, OT, Auburn (4.7%)
  • Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss (4.7%)
  • Vernon Butler, DT, Louisiana Tech (4.7%)

Mock drafts used:

Organization (Writer) Date
Walter Football (Walter Cherepinsky) Feb. 16
FanSpeak (Steve Shoup) Feb. 16
Metro U.S. (Matt Burke) Feb. 15
CBS Sports (Dane Brugler) Feb. 15
CBS Sports (Rob Rang) Feb. 15
CSN Mid-Atlantic (Ben Standig) Feb. 15
Bleacher Report (Justis Mosqueda) Feb. 15
Walter Football (Charlie Campbell) Feb. 15
Baltimore Sun (Jon Meoli) Feb. 15
Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Charean Williams) Feb. 12
DraftTek (Staff) Feb. 12
NESN (Staff) Feb. 12
247Sports (Luke Rodgers) Feb. 11
Rotoworld (Josh Norris) Feb. 11
Draft King (Lou Pickney) Feb. 11
San Diego Union-Tribune (Eddie Brown) Feb. 10
Sports Illustrated (Chris Burke) Feb. 10
Florida Times-Union (Hays Carlyon) Feb. 10
Toronto Sun (Dan Bilicki) Feb. 10
Sporting News (Eric Galko) Feb. 8
Bleacher Report (Matt Miller) Feb. 8
TheScore (Dan Wilkins) Feb. 8
SB Nation (Dan Kadar) Feb. 8
Draft Breakdown (Jeff Risdon) Feb. 8
Newsday (Nick Klopsis) Feb. 8
CSN Philly (Jared Sherman) Feb. 8
USA Today (Nate Davis) Feb. 8
NJ Advance Media (Darryl Slater) Feb. 7
ESPN (Todd McShay) Feb. 3
Pro Football Focus (Steve Palazzolo) Feb. 2
USA Today (Jon Ledyard) Feb. 1
Arizona Republic (Bob McManaman) Jan. 29 (Chad Reuter) Jan. 29
Draft Countdown (Scott Wright) Jan. 26
USA Today (Jonah Tuls) Jan. 26
FOX Sports (Peter Schrager) Jan. 26 (Lance Zierlein) Jan. 22 (Bucky Brooks) Jan. 17 (Daniel Jeremiah) Jan. 17
ESPN (Mel Kiper) Jan. 14
Washington Post (John Harris) Jan. 13
TheBigLead (Jason McIntyre) Jan. 13
CSN Philly (Paul Hudrick) Jan. 11