Part one and part two of our annual Mile High Report NFL Draft Round Table discussions are in the books. Welcome to our third installment of the series, which focuses on under the radar prospects the Denver Broncos should consider selecting in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Even the most casual draft observer knows the big names available in the 2017 NFL Draft, but it takes a little bit more diligence to be able to talk about potential mid-to-late round prospects. John Elway and his staff haven't had much luck hitting home runs on their early round selections, but have done a tremendous job of finding Day 3 players (and even those who went undrafted) who have performed well and paid big dividends for the Broncos.
After another round of discussion, the Mile High Report team offers up their opinions on who they would like to see the Broncos select on Day 3 of the NFL Draft. Interestingly enough, many of the writers believe there will be a handful of quality defensive lineman available that could bolster the team's play in the trenches. Enjoy!
What under the radar (mid-to-late round) prospect would you love the Broncos to draft?
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Alabama defensive lineman, Dalvin Tomlinson. At 6-foot-3, 310 pounds, he's got the size the Broncos crave and need at the position, plus he's also very athletic. Tomlinson is a former high school state wrestling champion. There is some injury history, but you're getting him in the middle rounds. Tomlinson also gets overlooked because of Jonathan Allen and his ability to play inside and outside.
Tomlinson could do the same, as this story from seccountry points out. It adds the benefit of Tomlinson is you get him later in the draft. So Elway and the Broncos could get incredible value if they pick Tomlinson. Plus, he played for the Crimson Tide, so he knows how to win and put in the work to get on the field.
Adam MalnatiGrover Stewart, DL, Albany State. He is big, and his measurable are comparable to guys like Dontari Poe and BJ Raji. As a nose tackle, he can be the run stuffer the Broncos need following a campaign that saw them struggle mightily to stop the run game. This would be filling a need, but if he is available late on Saturday, why not take a flyer on him.
I really have no clue, but I'm honestly always very intrigued by the guys the Broncos pick up from the 4th round on. We have a very good history recently of finding gems late in the draft and in UDFA. I don't know who they should target, but I'm excited to read up on the guys they pick as it is very likely one of them is a future impact starter for our team.
Pete BaronHe isn't "under the radar" but he will be there in the mid-to-late round, and that player is Corey Davis. Dude is lightening fast and would be a 1st round selection if he didn't have the injury concerns. And yes, that's a HUGE concern which is why he'll be there really late.
If you can get even 1+ year of stellar play out of him before the NFL breaks him in half, that's worth a 5th or 6th or 7th round pick. You take a flyer on this kid and see how much football his frail body has left. With any luck, he makes it longer than Siemian does without getting hurt.
Laurie Lattimore-VolkmannI'm just going to say it because I'm already on the record for supporting this guy - Joe Mixon.
I'll name two guys. Vincent Taylor, defensive tackle from Oklahoma State and Marquel Lee, linebacker from Wake Forest.
None of these guys are getting the credit they deserve and were arguably among the best defenders in their respective conferences in 2016. I like Taylor at both the inside and outside in our one-gap attacking defense. He is great at getting upfield and disrupting the quarterback, as well as being a strong force against the run.
Lee is an intriguing guy due to his speed and ability to rush the passer. I felt very comfortable with his blitzing ability and what I saw from him in coverage. I think he has the ability to be a three-down linebacker in the NFL, but can come in and make an impact on special teams and as a reserve player immediately.
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Scotty PayneMichigan defensive end Ryan Glasgow. Dude has the makings of being a 10-year pro who does the dirty work in the trenches.
Jeffrey EssaryI really like Jake Butt from Michigan. He’s not flashy or super athletic like some of the other prospects, but he is a solid, dependable guy who can move the chains and contribute immediately at TE. Plus, coming off of an ACL injury should drop him into the middle rounds where Denver can get some good value from picking him.
The Mile High Report team has given their thoughts on a handful of under the radar prospects they would like the Denver Broncos to select. So Broncos Country, who are some of your favorite sleeper or relatively unknown prospects you'd like Denver to consider in this year's draft?
Tell us about them in the comments section and why you believe they'd be great picks for the Broncos!