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2016 NFL Mock Draft: Mocking rounds two through seven for the Broncos

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Who do I have the Broncos taking?

Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Earlier today I released my first round projections for the first round of next week's NFL Draft and had the Denver Broncos selecting Mississippi State's Chris Jones with the 31st pick in the first round. (Check out the entire first round here!)

Now I will mock rounds two through seven for the Denver Broncos.

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2nd round pick #63
Dak Prescott
Mississippi State


I see two things playing out for the Broncos. Either they trade up for quarterback Paxton Lynch in the first round of the draft or they target Dak Prescott in the second round. In this scenario, I have them taking Dak in the second round.

Report: Broncos "enamored" with Dak Prescott

I like this fit a lot. Dak fits into Kubiak's scheme, he is a proven leader and would challenge Mark Sanchez for the starting job.

Scouting Quarterback Dak Prescott

Lets face it, John Elway and Gary Kubiak are not leaving this draft without their next "quarterback of the future". You really think these two offensive minds would be fine with Sanchez or Hoyer being the starter? I'm calling their bluff here.

3rd round pick #94
Justin Simmons
Boston College

Pick Analysis:

I picked Simmons here because he would add some much-needed depth at the safety position and the dude is a ballhawk.

At Boston College, he showed great coverage traits, reads the play well, and can handle slot corners and tight ends. The Broncos could use him in a similar role in their defense as their "Big Nickel". Let Simmons cover the tight end, running back or slot receiver. He is also a pretty good tackler. Did not allow no broken tackles and just four missed tackles.

He's a 6'2", 202lb safety who had a 40 inch vertical at the NFL Scouting Combine so he has plus physical traits. I think he would be a solid addition to the Broncos secondary.

3rd round pick #98
Scooby Wright III
Inside Linebacker

Pick Analysis:

Remember Chris Borland? I wasn't a big fan of his but thought he would fit in well in a 3-4 defense(which he did!). I see the same type of player in Scooby.

Elite instincts will make up for his poor athletic traits, and man this guy is a tackling machine. During his 2014 season, Wright totaled 163 tackles, 29 tackles for losses, 14 sacks, and six forced fumbles. That is pretty damn productive, and would be a nice addition to this Broncos defense.

"I hope he falls to us because I will do everything in my power to get him drafted. Make Zach Thomas your comp for him. They are the exact same guy."

The Broncos list Danny Trevathan this offseason and Brandon Marshall is a free agent at the end of the year so the Broncos should address their ILB position.

4th round pick #136
Joe Haeg
Offensive Tackle
North Dakota State

Pick Analysis:

The Broncos addressed their offensive tackle position a lot this past year. Last year they drafted Ty Sambrailo in the second round, but he is expected to shift inside to guard. This past offseason the Broncos signed tackle Donald Stephenson and Russell Okung to man their tackle spots. Both tackles are an upgrade but come with some questions so I think the Broncos will protect themselves with a draft pick.

Haeg is an athletic tackle who needs to add some core strength to his frame. He needs development but fits what the Broncos like to do very well. So I think this pick would be a nice depth addition to the Broncos offensive line.

5th round pick #144
Beau Sandland
Tight End
Montana State

Pick Analysis:

This guy caught my eye at the Scouting Combine. He looked the part, looked smooth, and tested very well.

He is a 6'4", 253lbs, ran a 4.74 40-time, put up 23 bench reps(top among TE's), jumped 35 inches, and showed explosiveness in the Broad Jump. So he is athletic and already has a background as a blocker so he should fit in well with Kubiak.

The Broncos have Virgil Green and Jeff Heuerman at tight end, but could look to add another guy to the mix. Plus we all know Kubiak isn't shy about adding a tight end or two during the offseason.

5th round pick #157
Keith Marshall
Running Back

MHR Pick Analysis:

Probably one of the more intriguing draft prospects in the draft. He was a highly recruited, 5-star high school recruit and showed tons of potential his freshman year but never really lived up to that. He battled injuries (2013 ACL Tear) and played behind some really good players(Todd Gurley and Nick Chubb) while at Georgia, so his production wasn't all that great.

I think he will have a better NFL career. He ran a 4.31 at the NFL Scouting Combine and appears to still have his speed after the injury. He has ideal size(5'11", 220lbs) to carry the load and would add some competition to the Broncos backfield.

I would have had the Broncos taking a running back much earlier, but they just re-signed running back Ronnie Hillman to pair with C.J. Anderson.

6th round pick #219
Joe Thuney
NC State

Pick Analysis:

Thuney could go a littler higher than this, but who knows when you get to this point in the draft.

Thuney is a 6'5", 304lb guard who would fit well into Gary Kubiak's zone-blocking scheme. He has plus athleticism and movement skills you look for in a zone blocking guard but doesn't have the core strength you look for.

The Broncos have Max Garcia and Ty Sambrailo at guard, but could use some depth behind these two young players. I think Thuney would be a nice depth player and a potential starter down the road for the Broncos.

7th round pick #228
Devon Johnson
Running Back/Fullback

Pick Analysis:

Johnson is a big boy(6'0", 240lbs) and has the nickname "rockhead" because of his bruising running style. In the NFL, he projects to be a one-dimensional power back or a Fullback/H-Back type player for a team. That is the role I see him having with the Broncos.

He has the power to be a lead blocker in the NFL and the running skills to take the ball and power it in during short yardage situations and goal line situations.

I like this pick.

7th round pick #253
Max McCaffrey
Wide Receiver

Pick Analysis:

With the final pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Broncos select Duke wide receiver, Max McCaffrey!

Why McCaffrey? Why not?!

At this point the final pick could be anyone so why not add Ed's kid to the mix.

He will compete with Bennie Fowler, Cody Latimer, Jordan Norwood, and Jordan Taylor for a roster spot, and would likely land on the Broncos Practice Squad in 2016.