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Denver Broncos 2013 NFL Mock Draft Database

MHR Staffers are tracking various mock drafts around the web in order to attempt to narrow the list of potential draft picks that the Denver Broncos might be interested in late in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

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Welcome! You've arrived at's 2013 Denver Broncos Mock Draft Database. This series was first run back in 2009, as you can see from the really old logo/headliner above. As I was reviewing some of the work Jeremy Bolander told me he was doing behind the scenes, I decided to resurrect this bad boy and get it back into the mix for the next month or so before the NFL Draft.

Looking back, a surprising number of mock draft websites had the Broncos taking Knowshon Moreno in the first round and that was in January; a full three months before the draft! Perhaps this year will also give us a good idea of who the Broncos might select in the first round of this years draft.

If you have any quality sources of mock draft websites you would like to see included in this database, please email them to mhrhistory (at) gmail (dot) com and I will personally review and possibly include in this database. I am hoping to update this chart weekly from now until the week before the 2013 NFL Draft.

Total Counts (4/24/13):

By Position
Position #
Defensive End 37
Cornerback 9
Defensive Tackle 5
Inside Linebacker 4
Safety 2
Running Back 2
Offensive Tackle 1
By Player
Player #
Tank Carradine 14
Bjoern Werner 11
Damontre Moore 5
Datone Jones 5
Desmond Trufant 4
Johnathan Hankins 2
Sylvester Williams 2
Alec Ogletree 2
Jamar Taylor 2
Eddie Lacy 2
Kwann Short 1
Manti Te'o 1
Arthur Brown 1
Johnathan Cyprien 1
Ezekiel Ansah 1
D.J. Fluker 1
D.J. Hayden 1
David Amerson 1
Xavier Rhodes 1
Alex Okafor 1

The Picks

2013 Mock Draft Database - UPDATED 4/24/13
Site 1st Rnd Pick Pos. Ht. Wt. College Pick Assessment
NFL Mocks - (4/18) Alec Ogletree LB 6'2" 242 Georgia The Broncos released D.J. Williams this offseason and Keith Brooking is getting old at the MLB position. Ogletree is extremely talented and should go way before this if not for off the field trouble. He can play OLB or ILB for the Broncos.
Gridiron Grit - (4/20) Cornellius Carradine DE 6'4" 276 Florida State Tank Carradine is a Top-10 talent, but his stock dropped after he tore his ACL in November. However, Carradine—Elvis Dumervil’s replacement—is reportedly recovering quicker than expected and his stock is rising as a result.
Pat Kirwan with trades - (4/24) Damontre Moore DE 6'4" 250 Texas A&M (Broncos trade out of Round 1). The Broncos can come back in the second round with the Eagles' pick and take Damontre Moore, DE Texas A&M. You don't see his name in many mock drafts, but he's 20 years old with pass rush production. He has natural bend to get past tackles and could be reunited with his college teammate, Von Miller.
Pete Prisco - (4/24) Bjoern Werner DE 6'3" 266 Florida State They need help getting to the quarterback, so he is worth it here in this spot.
Matt Smith - (4/17) Bjoern Werner DE 6'3" 266 Florida State As my colleague Daniel Jeremiah always points out, there aren't 28 better players in this draft. A bad combine workout sent Werner's stock sliding, but I think there's too much talk about the negatives and zero focus on the positives.
Daniel Jeremiah - (4/10) Bjoern Werner DE 6'3" 266 Florida State The Broncos don't have many glaring needs on their roster, but they could always use more pass rushers, especially following the departure of Elvis Dumervil.
Charley Casserly - (4/19) Bjoern Werner DE 6'3" 266 Florida State Werner's draft stock has dipped because of his underwhelming speed, but this is good value here.
Walter Football - (4/21) Tank Carradine DE 6'4" 276 Florida State Elvis Dumervil defected for Baltimore in the wake of Faxgate, so the Broncos will have to find a potent pass-rusher to complement Von Miller. Tank Carradine is generating a ton of buzz and could find himself in the first round come Draft Day. Carradine tore his ACL in November, but his recovery is reportedly going much faster than anticipated. He ran well at his Pro Day, so I could see him going as early as No. 19.
Charlie Campbell - (4/15) Tank Carradine DE 6'4" 276 Florida State Carradine totaled 43 tackles, eight tackles for a loss and 5.5 sacks as a backup in 2011. The 6-foot-5, 265-pounder made the most of his opportunity to start as a senior. He only took over as a starter after Brandon Jenkins was lost for 2012 during the first game. Carradine had 80 tackles, 13.5 tackles for a loss, 11 sacks and a forced fumble this year.
NFL Draft Blitz - (4/16) Cornellius Carradine DE 6'4" 276 Florida State None Given
Draft Headquarters - (4/10) Jamar Taylor CB 5'11" 192 Boise State None Given
FF Toolbox: Rob Warner - (4/24) D.J. Hayden CB 5'11" 191 Houston Champ Bailey is aging and I'm not sure that the siging of Dominique Rodgers Cromartie is the answer. Mike Mayock recently moved Hayden to his #1 CB - a true sign that his stock is on the rise after he was medically cleared after a life threatening injury in practice last season (the senior tore a large vein, the inferior vena cava, which carries blood from the lower half of the body back up to the heart).
FF Toolbox: Matt Binstock - (3/26) Johnathan Hankins DT 6'3" 320 Ohio State The combination of Bannan and Vickerson in 2012 was the definition of guys over performing, and although they played well at times, the bronco's certainly need to upgrade. Hankins is a guy who has shown the ability to dominate when fresh, which will be nice as he can be part of a rotation in Denver.
FF Toolbox: Matt De Lima - (4/09) Damontre Moore DE 6'4" 250 Texas A&M Moore slips in the draft after a so-so combine. He doesn't look flexible enough to play OLB and appears to be more developmental than many suspected.
FF Toolbox: Ben Standig - (4/12) Johnathan Hankins DT 6'3" 322 Ohio State The middle of the Broncos defense needs addressing. DT's more interesting than the inside linebackers, but the ILB depth by late in the second round drops off.
FF Toolbox: Ricky Dimon - (4/02) Sylvester Williams DT 6'3" 305 North Carolina Peyton Manning doesn't have a complete all-star cast around him, but he's good enough to have Denver's offensive in great shape. Plenty of DTs will be available here for the team to address a position of need.
New NFL Draft - (4/12) Damontre Moore DE 6'4" 250 Texas A&M None Given
Draft King - (4/20) Datone Jones DE 6'4" 280 UCLA With the Elvis Dumervil debacle staining what was otherwise an outstanding offseason for the Broncos, using this pick to add strength to the defensive line makes sense. In a related note, instead of faxing in time-critical documents, perhaps alternate methods can be considered in the future, such as the telegraph, ship-to-shore radio, or homing pigeon. Jones should benefit from the J.J. Watt effect, a defensive lineman with the size to play 3-4 DE but the agility and skill to be an effective playmaker.
Draft Ace - (4/07) Jamar Taylor CB 5'11" 192 Boise State The Broncos really don’t have a glaring need, which gives them some flexibility on draft day. They addressed their need for depth at cornerback by adding Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, but it’s a short-term fix only. Taylor is remarkably similar to Champ Bailey in terms of his physical tools, and could be brought aboard as his eventual replacement.
Row 12 - (4/08) Desmond Trufant CB 6'0" 190 Washington Last postseason, Baltimore exposed aging cornerback Champ Bailey by attacking him vertically. The Broncos will turn to the draft to right the wrong. They’d be elated if Trufant fell into their lap at No. 28. He’s aggressive, quick-footed, and breaks on the ball well. He does have a tendency to grab a lot and he won‘t get away with it in the pros, but there’s nobody better to learn the ropes from than Bailey.
Don Banks - (4/17) Datone Jones DE 6'4" 275 UCLA Jones is a versatile and well-experienced collegiate player and represents very solid bottom-of-the-first-round value. He's not the most explosive of pass rushers, but he's going to generate steady heat on the passer and help offset some of the loss of rush felt by the unscripted Elvis Dumervil departure.
National Football Post - (4/17) Datone Jones DE 6'4" 275 UCLA After losing Elvis Dumervil the Broncos make the quick move to replace him by adding the strong and athletic Jones. He has the talent to be a dominant pass rusher and impact run defender.
Predominantly Orange - (3/30) Manti Te'o ILB 6'2" 255 Notre Dame What Te'o brings is what the Broncos have lacked since Al Wilson left a few years back at the ILB position–effort play in and play out. Not only effort, but Te’o is constantly in the right place at the right time. That’s not by the luck of the Irish, either. Te’o is one of the most instinctive players in this draft regardless of position, and inside linebackers have a tendency to fall in the first round of the draft because they aren’t pure pass rushing linebackers.
DraftTek - (4/21) Arthur Brown ILB 6'0" 241 Kansas State None Given
Optimum Scouting - (4/15) Cornellius Carradine DE 6'4" 276 Florida State Mostly a value pick, Tank Carradine has the athleticism and versatility to be moved around early in his career. Eventually (and hopefully) he can pick up where Elvis Dumervil left off for Denver.
Gil Brandt - (4/24) Desmond Trufant CB 6'0" 190 Washington Werner is a steal here. A good pass rusher who has a unique ability to get his hands up and knock the ball down, Werner can step in and replace the departed Elvis Dumervil.
Akbar Gbajabiamila - (4/01) Kwann Short DT 6'3" 299 Purdue Short has the first-step quickness and playmaking skill set to disrupt any offense in the league.
Scotty MHR Mock - (4/13) Jonathan Cyprien SS 6'0" 217 Florida International Cyprien would give the Broncos something they have been lacking since former Bronco great Steve Atwater. A big hitting safety who's also a ball hawk. The safety position is something i have overlooked. Cyprien is a solid blitzing safety as well. I think he would be a great assest to a defense that likes to get after the passer.
Daniel Jeremiah - (4/10) Bjoern Werner DE 6'3" 266 Florida State The Broncos don't have many glaring needs on their roster, but they could always use more pass rushers, especially following the departure of Elvis Dumervil.
Bucky Brooks - (4/24) David Amerson CB 6'3" 194 N.C. State Champ Bailey is likely a season or two away from leaving the game, which makes finding his eventual replacement a top priority. Amerson is an exceptional ballhawk with the size, athleticism and length to match up with the big-bodied receivers dominating the NFL.
Fan Speak - (4/20) Xavier Rhodes CB 6'1" 210 Florida State None Given
Jeff Legwold - (4/12) Cornellius Carradine DE 6'4" 2769 Florida State The Broncos would look at a nice class of CBs here, but they still need to address Elvis Dumervil's departure on the depth chart. If they like the medical exams, the pick would be Florida State DE Tank Carradine.
SB Nation - (4/10) Ezekiel Ansah DE 6'5" 271 BYU The Broncs will bring Ezekiel in since he sounds like a guy whose not allowed to use a fax machine much less screw one up and cost the team big bucks in jersey sales. Although Peyton Manning was more than just a nice consolation prize for losing Tebow this is a team in need of a spark. They'll draft I'm sure a safety in the 7th round just to make their ignorant fanbase think that they made up for the blown coverage against the Ravens. No offense.
Kyle Montgomery - (4/03) D.J. Fluker OT 6'5" 339 Alabama The Denver Broncos are in a great position heading into the NFL draft (if not a great draft position at 28th overall). They don’t have a glaring need or a player to which they’ve become attached. They can allow the draft to unfold as it will, then take the Best Player Available – perhaps someone with a mid-first round rank that unexpectedly begins to tumble down the first round, team by team?
Shutdown Corner - (4/11) Desmond Trufant CB 6'0" 190 Washington Denver's first-round playoff loss to the eventual Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens proved one thing -- unless John Elway can find a way to tape a cheetah to Champ Bailey's back, deep coverage is now officially an issue in the Mile High City. Trufant is a smooth and explosive player who doesn't have a fifth gear, but can jump routes and read patterns.
Mr. East's Video Mock - (4/11) Tank Carradine DE 6'4" 276 Florida State As you may have heard, Elvis Dumervil is gone and Dwight Freeney thinks it's 2007. Many fans believe that Derek Wolfe and Robert Ayers can slide on in and the defense won't skip a beat. However, if the Broncos believed that to be totally true they wouldn't have entertained John Abraham and they still wouldn't be in talks with Dwight Freeney. If not for his tragic injury in the season ender against Florida, some would have graded Carradine as a top 16 prospect.
Draft Countdown - (3/22) Damontre Moore DE 6'4" 250 Texas A&M The Broncos have done a superb job of addressing most of their key needs in free agency but there are still some issues along the defensive line. Elvis Dumervil was released for cap reasons and while Denver may re-sign him or another veteran pass rusher it wouldn’t hurt to add at least one more body, especially since they always have the option of kicking Derek Wolfe inside. At one point it looked like Texas A&M DE Damontre Moore would be a Top 10 overall pick but poor showings in workouts will likely push him down the board a bit.
USA Today - (3/26) Damontre Moore DE 6'4" 250 Texas A&M His stock has taken a beating ever since a horrid showing at the scouting combine. Still, Moore managed 12½ sacks for the Aggies last season, and the Broncos could use a young pass rusher in the wake of the Elvis Dumervil debacle. Perhaps a reunion with former A&M teammate Von Miller would be a needed boon to Moore.
Will Brinson - (4/16) Sylvester Williams DT 6'3" 313 North Carolina Beefing up the line should be a priority for the Broncos and Williams can move around.
Dane Brugler - (4/16) Cornellius Carradine DE 6'4" 276 Florida State With Elvis Dumervil now in Baltimore, the Broncos might target a pass rusher with this pick. Although his ACL tear late last season pushes his value down draft boards, "Tank" is a bargain in the late first round range.
Charlie Campbell with Trades - (4/20) Bjoern Werner DE 6'3" 266 Florida State Denver needs more talent on the edge following the Elvis Dumervil debacle. Assuming the Broncos sign a veteran like Dwight Freeney, Werner would have more time to develop. He is a similar style of player to Derek Wolfe, Denver's first pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Mock Draft Central - (4/12) Datone Jones DE 6'4" 275 UCLA None Given
SB Nation with Trades - (4/15) Alec Ogletree ILB 6'2" 242 Georgia Although he's had off-field problems, Ogletree is the kind of linebacker the Broncos need. He's fast and active. He's not as advanced of a run stopper as Manti Te'o or Kevin Minter, but can drop in coverage and move sideline to sideline with ease.
Our Lads - (4/15) Cornellius Carradine DE 6'4" 276 Florida State One-year starter and junior college transfer who got his opportunity when teammate Brandon Jenkins was lost for the 2012 season with a Lisfranc injury. Carradine was the team’s leading tackler when he tore the ACL in his right knee and missed the last two games. Was also the odds-on favorite to be the ACC’s Defensive Player of the Year that was awarded to teammate Bjoern Werner. Plays square and does an effective job of setting the edge of a defense. Explosive first step quickness. Plays with a lot of energy. Collapses the pocket on a bull rush.
Chris Steuber - (4/07) Desmond Trufant CB 6'0" 190 Washington None Given
NFL's Future - (4/18) Cornellius Carradine DE 6'4" 276 Florida State I’m charged with replacing the production of Elvis Dumervil. That’s a near impossible task but having Tank Carradine slide into our laps makes me feel a little more confident.
Football's Future - (4/23) Bjoern Werner DE 6'3" 266 Florida State Getting more talent up front and on the edge is a need for the Broncos. Werner isn't a freak athlete, but his all around game and motor will be a boost to the Bronco defense.
Huffington Post - (4/24) Alex Okafor DE 6'4" 264 Texas Getting past the Elvis Dumervil error that made him a free agent will be a whole lot easier when the Broncos find a nice replacement – and a surprise first-rounder who impressed with 4 1-2 sacks in the Alamo Bowl.
Mass Live - (4/20) Cornellius Carradine DE 6'4" 276 Florida State Tank Carradine is coming off of a knee injury and may not be ready at the start of the year, but could be a great investment if they can land a veteran defensive end to fill the initial void.
Fansided - (4/15) Cornellius Carradine DE 6'4" 276 Florida State The kid was a lock for the first-round but suffered a late season ACL tear that threw his NFL future into a tailspin. But according to reports, Carradine’s recovery is ahead of schedule, and advances in medical science have given teams confidence when it comes to leaning on players coming off of ACL injuries. Denver lost Elvis Dumervil and will be looking for a replacement in the draft. If Carradine is indeed ahead of schedule, he’ll be an amazing pick for Denver this late in the first round. Tremendously insane upside is the proper way to describe Carradine’s status.
LA Times/Mike Klis - (4/24) Eddie Lacy RB 5'11" 231 Alabama Lacy would be the last piece to an offensive powerhouse. He would replace an aging Willis McGahee.
SI Peter King - (4/24) Datone Jones DE 6'4" 280 UCLA Though not a classic pass rusher, the three-year college starter fits the bill of developmental outside rush man to replace Elvis Dumervil.
Canal Street Chronicles - (4/24) Bjoern Werner DE 6'3" 266 Florida State Easy choice. Bjoern Werner had a great season at FSU. At the end of the season he was a consensus top 10 pick. For whatever reason, people believed he should be listed as a DE/OLB. His 40-yard time wasn't an indication of being able to play OLB, so people dropped his stock.... Truth is, he is and always was a pure 4-3 DE. He will be just fine. Game tape says it all. Denver Broncos select Bjoern Werner.
Arrowhead Pride - (4/24) Eddie Lacy RB 5'11" 231 Alabama The Broncos could also use a big back as Willis McGahee is under contract for 2013 and he is up there in RB years. Knowshon Moreno still doesn’t put the fear into defenses. The offense could be best served by getting a tough RB that will help open up the offense.
ESPN Mel Kiper - (4/24) Cornellius Carradine DE 6'4" 276 Florida State The Broncos drafted Derek Wolfe in the second round last year and moved him outside. Wolfe is productive in part because he's so relentless as a pass-rusher, but the Broncos could use another player who could give them a pass rush from the edge, particularly since they should be playing from ahead. Carradine is way ahead of his schedule in his rehab from an ACL injury in the fall. He was a top-15 player on my board before he went down, and he might end up a steal based on what I know of his recovery. He can help in 2013.
ESPN Todd McShay - (4/24) Bjoern Werner DE 6'4" 276 Florida State Replacing Elvis Dumervil's production (11 sacks last season) with Werner makes sense. Denver allowed a league-best 36.1 Total QBR with four or fewer rushers, and 12 of Werner's 13 sacks came as part of a standard pass rush, most among players rated in the top 100 by Scouts Inc.
SB Nation Mocking the Draft - (4/24) Eric Reid S 6'2" 212 LSU
Miami Herald - (4/24) Cornellius Carradine DE 6'4" 276 Florida State Pass rush is a concern after losing Elvis Dumervil. Mike Mayock - (4/24) Bjoern Werner DE 6'4" 276 Florida State What I like about this kid is he does everything well. I don't see one spectacular physical trait, but he does everything well. From my perspective, the Broncos had better plug him in there, because they lost a lot of sack value when they lost Elvis Dumervil.
Mile High Report - (4/24) Bjoern Werner DE 6'4" 276 Florida State What i like about Werner is that he can do everything. He can set the edge, he can sack the QB, he's a solid tackler, he can swat down passes, and has a great motor. He reminds me of a smaller version of Derek Wolfe. This is why i think John Elway will rank Werner high on their draft board. He's very smart, mature, married and just a solid football player. Adding Werner with Robert Ayers, Derek Wolfe and Von Miller will give the Broncos a young pass rushing nucleus.

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