In part one of our Mile High Report NFL Draft Round Table discussions, we answered who we wanted the Denver Broncos to select in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Now, we flip the discussion around and espouse on who the team should avoid selecting at all costs.
There are prospects you love, but then there are prospects you absolutely hate. The national media and draft analysts haven't been very kind in their evaluations of this year's crop of offensive lineman, and it's clear that the Mile High Report staff has been paying attention to the details. By a surprising and overwhelming majority, the staff seems to have no interest in the Broncos pursuing an offensive lineman in the first round of this year's draft.
How scouts evaluate the top 25 offensive linemen available in NFL draft ... https://t.co/NC2vB4dpss— Bob McGinn (@BobMcGinn) April 21, 2017
Well, it looks like a lot of us will be disappointed if John Elway and his staff decide to select one when the draft begins on Thursday night — especially if that player is Utah left tackle Garett Bolles, who received the most votes and has earned the title of Mile High Report's Most Disliked Prospect in this year's NFL Draft.
What prospect(s) should the Broncos avoid drafting at all costs?
Any first round offensive tackle. The only way I would be okay with a tackle in this draft is if the Broncos trade back into the early second and still somehow end up with one of the top three offensive tackles in this draft. I just don't like any of these prospects and would much rather get a dynamic talent at a skill position and then see John Elway target a tackle in later rounds that may need a year to develop.
Ian St. Clair
To continue to beat the dead horse, any of the top three offensive linemen prospects. None of them are an immediate answer, and you can get a prospect who needs just as much work in the later rounds. I'll add another: Dalvin Cook.
Adam MalnatiOffensive line. There just is not enough talent up front in this draft for Denver to take an OL in the first round. And counter to that, there is a lot of talent at other positions. No need to bring in Garett Bolles or Forrest Lamp, even though his name is a whole bottle of awesomeness.
Ryan Ramczyk is the guy I'd specifically stay far away from. Denver needs players that love the game of football first and foremost. Any guy I read about that has flags for motivation and question marks about being "all in" is a guy I would just not have time for if I were the GM of the team.
Pete BaronChristian McCaffrey. Why? Because I really wanted Montee Ball. Do I need to say more?
Laurie Lattimore-VolkmannAny offensive line prospect in the first round. None of the top three guys named impress me too much, and I just don't see that an offensive lineman comes in and can make an impact his rookie year. If we haven't developed the guys currently on the roster to move into starting roles, then we're not going to do it with a rookie this year. So trade for a tackle or get busy coaching up a second-year guy.
I'm actually surprised to see so many of my fellow staffers being against drafting an offensive lineman in the first round, but surprisingly enough, I'm of the same opinion. I would have no issues with Cam Robinson, but have serious concerns about Garett Bolles and Ryan Ramcyzk.
I'm not sure going for the oldest first round offensive tackle in the history of the draft, or a one-year wonder at Wisconsin who apparently interviewed terrible and just had off-season surgery is the best route for the Broncos to go. In the first round, I want a player who can contribute at a high-level immediately and I don't believe either of those players will turn out to be worth where they end up being selected.
Scotty PayneI'd avoid Garett Bolles in the first round. Too many question marks in regard to age, injury, development and scheme fit for me to be a Top 20 pick. However I'd be 100% okay with Bolles in the second round though.
Jeffrey EssaryGarett Bolles. I’ve been adamant about this one from the beginning. He comes from a spread scheme at Utah, played two years of small school football, and only one year in the mediocre PAC-12 before turning pro. And I haven’t even mentioned that fact that he’ll be 25 before he steps onto the field, and has major flaws in hand technique and functional strength. Don’t fall in love with a combine warrior who scored a 9 on the Wonderlic. Pass.
The Mile High Report team has given their thoughts on who they want the Broncos to avoid drafting, now it is your turn to give your thoughts and answer the same question in the comment section.