Wow, with the free agent picks by
Elway you can't help but get excited about next year. But if Elway wants
to get back to the Super Bowl and help Peyton Manning out on the other
side of the ball, Denver needs to continue looking at the defense in the
draft to get younger and more physical. "In Elway I trust" and I believe
he won't disappoint!!!
Denver will trade out if they feel they can get Fuller in the second
round. Their trade partner will be the Houston Texans, who will look to trade back
in for a QB giving Denver an extra pick in the 3rd round. After
reviewing all of the corners in this draft, I like Kyle Fuller. He is a big
corner, physical against the run and is very good in coverage. Fuller would give great depth to the secondary in case of injury and could
With the signing of Talib, Elway wants to continue to
get younger and more physical in the secondary and will still draft
heavy on defense this year.
2nd Round: Deone Bucannon, SS Washington State 6'1, 216 lbs (alternate
pick: Ed Reynolds Stanford, FS)
After great picks in free agency, Denver can let draft talent fall to
them. It was hard not to get involved in all the hype with safety Calvin
Pryor(who is a very physical safety). But that hype died pretty quickly
when I watched Deone Bucannon play. Denver could land the best all-around safety in the draft without giving away picks. I know that Denver
signed T.J. Ward, but Bucannon would be too hard to pass up. He would
add more youth and physicality to the secondary. Deone is a very hard
hitting physical safety who reminds me of Steve Atwater. He puts fear into
wide receivers and would give Del Rio another option at safety in case
someone gets hurt like Quentin Carter (who has been hurt for two years).
He is also exponentially better in coverage then Duke Ihenacho and Calvin Pryor. In
fact, he is very very good in coverage. Some so called experts have him
as a 3rd rounder I have him as a high 2nd rounder!!
3rd Round: Marcus Smith DE Louisville 6'4, 260lbs (alternate pick:
Kareem Martin North Carolina, DE)
Smith has the potential to be a 2nd rounder, but it will depend on if
Denver feels Derek Wolfe will be healthy enough to play next year. Therefore, I think
Denver should get Smith here for insurance on Wolfe. It was hard for me
to let Murphy go as my pick, but I found a guy that has one thing Murphy
doesn't have and that's being explosive off the line. Smith, like Murphy, also had a ton of sacks - 14 this year - and reminds me of (Von) Miller with his
explosiveness off the line and mastery of the sack strip fumble on
Like cornerbacks, you can never have enough pass rushers as we seen
in the Super Bowl when Seattle had pass rushers coming from everywhere. With Von Miller getting healthy, Malik Jackson having a break out year,
Q. Smith coming off IR, Sylvester Williams getting better at pass rush up the
middle, Knighton dominating the middle, Derek Wolfe hopefully healthy
enough to play next year, and now Demarcus Ware WOW!!! Del Rio could be
drooling at the possibilities this D-Line could bring. Can you say...
With all the rumors of Denver trading up for ILB Mosley, I really doubt
Denver will do so. They don't have the extra picks and they have needs
elsewhere. In my opinion, Shayne Skov is an all-around ILB and should be
taken in the 1st and 2nd round, but because of injury concerns, he falls. Skov has the ability to become a three down LB. He is
really good in coverage, can get pass rush up the middle and can shed
blocks really well to stop the run. Denver would be crazy not to draft
Skov, who can be an instant starter at the ILB position. With an already
great Linebacker corp having Skov in the middle, Miller on one side and
Travathan on the other that is just a scary thought for QBs!
4th Round: Brandon Coleman WR Rutger 6'6, 220lbs (alternate pick: Mike
Davis Texas, WR)
There's no reason to think Denver will use a high pick on a wide
receiver because they resigned Caldwell and signed Emmanuel Sander. I
would be very surprised if they did given the needs on D. Yes, I know
there is some panic in Broncos Country, but Eric Decker is replaceable
and with a wide receiver class, one of the deepest and best draft classes
in years, Denver will wait. I know some women will beg to differ, but when it
comes to football, everyone is replaceable except Peyton Manning.
Denver solidified their defense with the first four picks, now they need
to replace Decker.
Brandon Coleman is the guy. He is huge at 6'6 220lbs and
has 4.5 speed, which is impressive for his size. Reminds me a lot of
Demaryius Thomas and I believe he could learn from Thomas on running
routes better. Denver would not miss a beat, adding Coleman to the
offense and it would help Manning out having two huge receivers and
a big tight end in the red zone, Manning would be licking his chops.
I thought long and hard about putting a running back on the board for
Denver, but in reality John Fox likes to have four running backs on his
roster. With Knowshon Moreno gone, that leaves Ball as the starter along with Anderson
and Hillman competing for the backup. If Ball
or Anderson get hurt, that would leave Hillman as the backup. That's a
scary thought because of his fumbling issues, so if I'm Denver they have
to get a running back late in the drafts, insurance on Hillman or just plainly for possibility of injuries.
I like Gaffney, he would be the biggest running back
on Denver's roster and is very hard to bring down. In addition, he's
pretty good in pass protection and, for his size, he runs a 4.4 and has
great vision. John Fox will want to take a lot of pressure off of Manning
next year and pounding the ball Gaffney could help out with softening up
defenses and give Fox his one-two punch with Ball and Gaffney.
6th Round: Marqueston Huff S/CB Wyoming 6'0
196 lbs (alternate pick: Matt Patchan Boston College OT)
John Fox loves to
have players that can play different positions. With Huff still on the board, he will be hard to pass up. He will give great depth at the corner and safety
position. Huff is a tackling machine notching 127 tackles along with 2 INT's last year. He is very good at playing corner and the safety positions. I believe Denver
will draft Huff so he can compete with Omar Bolden for the backup position. My prediction, Huff will ultimately win the back up position and Bolden will be released
before the season starts. Omar Bolden has been a draft bust and has struggled
playing corner and safety position. Bottom line, I have seen enough of Bolden and I believe the Broncos have too.
7th Round: Max Bullough ILB Michigan State 6'3 250 lbs (alternate pick:
Russell Bodine North Carolina, OG)
I believe Denver will go mostly defense in this draft
since that was their weakness last year and the high flying offense nearly carrying them single-handedly to the promise land.
Denver could go OL here as I have for my alternate pick, but with Denver
signing Montgomery at center and Denver developing offensive lineman so well
(Chris Clark, Manny Ramirez) no need to waste a pick an OL.
I like Bullough
to backup Skov. Bullough can really shut down the run and is pretty good in
pass coverage for his size, but could use some work. I believe Bullough could
get better and what better way to learn from a former linebacker turned coach
in Jack Del Rio. From what I have seen on tape, I believe Bullough would be able
to compete with Skov for the starting job because he has great instinct (like
Skov) and would add some crucial depth at inside linebacker for the future.
Well there you go Bronco Country. With the great picks in free agency, if Denver can land my picks and/or even my alternate picks Denver could
find themselves in Arizona with Peyton Manning lifting the Lombardi
History suggests it's hard to get back after losing the Super
Bowl, but history is made to be rewritten!!!! GO BRONCOS!!!!