When you look at the Denver Broncos' needs heading into the draft, it's pretty clear that offensive line is at or near the top of the list. A space-eating nose tackle isn't far behind.
Without stretching too far against the philosophy of "Best Player Available," CBS' Chris Trapasso recent posted a full 256-pick, seven-round mock draft that has the Broncos finding the players they need at decent value to boot. But it's the second round pick that really caught my eye.
28. Denver Broncos: D.J. Humphries, OT/OG, Florida -- Denver's right tackle spot was a mess last season, so the Broncos waste no time selecting the ultra-agile Humphries who'll fit wonderfully into Gary Kubiak's zone-based scheme.
MHR's take: I would have loved if Humphries fell to the Broncos in the recent SB Nation Bloggers' Mock, but he didn't. No decent offensive lineman did. In this scenario, this is a good pick, as Humphries is often off the board in many mocks at this point. But given the board, and the fact that Cameron Erving is also available, I could see the Broncos going in a couple of directions here. In this situation (as always), I just hope the Broncos stick to their board and go 'Best Player Available.'
59. Denver Broncos: Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State -- After snagging fleet-of-foot offensive tackle D.J. Humphries in Round 1, John Elway stays in the trenches. Terrance Knighton is gone, and Goldman is his immediate replacement. Though he didn't receive major attention after a stellar career at Florida State, Goldman is as wide as a house and incredibly challenging to move. He'll squeeze into the backfield often too.
MHR's take: What a steal. Goldman has a first-round grade from many analysts and is even in the Top 15 of SB Nation's Mocking the Draft expert Dan Kadar. While he's fallen into the early second round in a handful of mocks, I don't believe I'd seen him fall this far.
If the Broncos can come out of the real 2015 mock draft with Humphries and Goldman, it'll be one of the most exciting draft outcomes in John Elway's tenure.
Rounds Three to Seven
3 - 92. Denver Broncos: MyCole Pruitt, TE, Southern Illinois
4 -133. Denver Broncos (compensatory): Ramik Wilson, ILB, Georgia
5 - 143. Denver Broncos (from Chicago Bears (5-11)): Geneo Grissom, EDGE, Oklahoma
5 - 164. Denver Broncos: Jeremiah Poutasi, OT/OG, Utah
6 - 203. Denver Broncos: Antwan Goodley, WR, Baylor
7 - 245. New York Giants (from Denver Broncos (12-4)): Cedric Reed, DL, Texas
7 - 250. Denver Broncos (compensatory): Karlos Williams, RB, Florida State
7 - 251. Denver Broncos (compensatory): Ellis McCarthy, DT, UCLA
7 - 252. Denver Broncos (compensatory): Tray Walker, CB, Texas Southern
My take: I can only grade by position at this point (sorry; I'm not familiar with all 256 players in this year's draft), and Trapasso has covered the bases here. My only gripe is the fact that, somehow, the Broncos ended up with more than their already full load of draft picks. I don't see them trading down to acquire another pick in this year's draft. If anything, I could see them pooling some of their non-compensatory picks into higher picks this year or even next.
How would you grade CBS' seven-round mock draft for the Broncos?