The Gazette’s Woody Paige correctly predicted the Broncos trade back AND choice they would make if they did indeed trade back last night. Now, he give us his thoughts and the three players the Broncos may decide to take with their two second-round selections.
Broncos in second round? Eric McCoy, Greedy Williams, Dalton Risner. All three team captains. The Broncos now into captains after success with them last year. Will take two of three if they are there.,— Woody Paige (@woodypaige) April 26, 2019
The three names he gives us is Texas A&M’s center Erik McCoy, Kansas State offensive lineman Dalton Risner, and surprisingly, LSU cornerback, Greedy Williams.
McCoy is arguably the top center prospect left on the board, and the Broncos need someone to replace Matt Paradis who signed with the Carolina Panthers during free agency. This would allow Connor McGovern to shift back over to guard where I believe he is best suited going forward. It is possible McCoy could fall to either pick in the second.
Here is what The Athletic’s Dane Brugler had to say about McCoy in his Draft Guide.
SUMMARY: A three-year starter at Texas A&M, McCoy earned a starting role as a redshirt freshman and quickly established himself as the glue of the Aggies’ offensive line. He had his ups and downs against top-tier teams, but he battled and held up better than most against elite competition like Alabama’s Quinnen Williams, Clemson’s Dexter Lawrence and Mississippi State’s Jeffrey Simmons. He is very balanced in his movements and efficiently breaks down all the moving parts in front of him, keeping his lower and upper halves on the same page. He will occasionally get burned by quickness or power, but you rarely see him make mental mistakes. Overall, McCoy might not be elite in any one category, but he displays a well-rounded skill set to keep blockers occupied, projecting as a schemeversatile NFL starter with upside.
Risner is a well known fan favorite among Broncos fans. He’s a local guy and a Broncos fan, so that has helped him win the hearts of fans. Now, to the things that actually matter, Risner is actually a pretty damn good lineman. He offers versatility at tackle, guard, and even center depending where you think he’s a better fit at. This should increase is value among teams. If Risner is there for the Broncos first second-round pick, I would expect him to be the pick as they reportedly love him
Here is what Brugler has to say about Risner in his Draft Guide.
SUMMARY: A four-year starter at Kansas State, Risner was a dominant blocker in the Wildcats’ power-based scheme, playing center his entire life before moving to right tackle the past three seasons (didn’t allow a sack in 2017 or 2018). Position flexibility is key to his evaluation (similar to Austin Corbett in the 2018 NFL Draft class), taking practice reps at guard and serving as the backup center (took practice snaps pre-game) while at right tackle. Risner is smart and plays with outstanding awareness to decipher all the moving parts around him. Although he is consistently in the right position on tape, which helps him combat speed and long-armed defenders, his technical flaws and lower body stiffness will be tougher to mask vs. NFL rushers. Overall, Risner has athletic limitations, but he should carve out a long NFL career due to his intangibles, toughness and versatility in the NFL, projecting best at guard.
Finally, and what is the most surprising addition is LSU cornerback, Greedy Williams. This is a surprising addition because Greedy doesn’t do the one thing that Head Coach Vic Fangio wants his cornerbacks to do, and that is to tackle. He’s a fine cover corner, but he lacks that physical element to his game that Fangio has stressed that will be required by his corners.
Here is what Brugler had to say about Greedy in his draft guide.
SUMMARY: A two-year starter at LSU, Williams played both left and right cornerback in Dave Aranda’s 3-4 base scheme, primarily playing press-man and off-man coverages with some zone concepts worked in — he also played on punt return coverage, slowing down gunners. He was rarely out of position in college with the length and sink-and-flow athleticism to mirror receivers’ movements. While competitive and tough on some tapes, he appeared to shut things down later in the season and his struggles shedding blocks or consistently finishing in the run game were a season-long issue. Overall, Williams lacks ideal bulk and play strength for the next level, but his athleticism and length allow him to blanket receivers in man coverage, projecting as a high upside NFL cornerback if his play personality is consistently competitive.
Do they think they can turn him into that type of play? Maybe. Did Woody just assume here? Maybe.
We will find out here in a few short hours!