Scouting 2012 Players Poll – Denver Broncos Needs – DT


This list that follows is meant to be my personal amateur analysis on DTs availables in the 2012 Draft with information about the professional general draft projection and my (again, amateur) analysis about who fits denver needs and in which round should be draft by the Denver Broncos.

Player

College

Year

Height

Weight

Note

League Projection

My Grade (Broncos point of view)

*Jerel Worthy

Michigan State

rJr

6-2

308

Did nothing bad and has the size the Broncos would look for but is not flashy and dominant enough to justify a 1st round pick by the Broncos.
If he falls to the 2nd round, could be a great addition to the defensive line rotation and eventually developing in the pass rushing DT thatDenver need. Still I don’t see him like day 1 rusher, for this reason I would not take him in the 1st round, but some team would think of him. He was a leader MSU defence in his senior year and his a plus value that, as GM,  I won’t pass over.
1st – 2nd 1st

Devon Still

Penn State

rSr

6-5

303

Devon Still has a big body. The key on him is that sometimes makes fantastic plays and other times he’s been pushed around to easily. Inconsistent, can pressure the Qb, can tackle the RB. His best video is against top opponentAlabama. Fringe 1st round (2nd for  Broncos need). 1st – 2nd 1st

Brandon Thompson

Clemson

Sr

6-2

314

Good reps total in weigh lifting.
Inconsistent player, at time push the pocket well, at time great run stopper. Although being double teamed a lots of times, when 1 on 1 he’s not dominating. Third round talent at DT.
2nd 1st – 2nd

Michael Brockers

LSU

rSo

6-6

322

Too young to understand to be starter in a contender team. If he’s there at 25 the bestDenvercould do is to trade the pick toNew Englandfor the 31st and 63rd picks. He has to develop still,Denverneeds pro-ready athletes, even with less ceiling. If by any case he will fall to the 2nd Broncos pick…wow..I’d take him in a heartbeat even idDenveralready chosen another DT with the 1st round pick. He could have time to develop mentally and in 2013 would start to dominate!! 1st 2nd

*Fletcher Cox

Mississippi State

Jr

6-4

298

I think he still need to develop to be a true NFL starter. He has all the tools and the skills, butDenverneed to get a starter with its 1st round pick. He could be good from day one for 3-4 teams playing 5-tec, but inDenverhe would be a 1-tec and I don’t think he’s ready to be the leader ofDenverinterior line…. 1st 2nd

Alameda Ta’amu

Washington

Sr

6-3

348

I like him a lot, Denver would have to use a 2nd round pick to select him, but dependently what Del Rio wants to do (he is the best 2 gap ready DT the draft IMO) could be worth. 2nd-3rd 2nd

Kendall Reyes

Connecticut

rSr

6-4

299

Few videos. I don’t see any special skill apart for his measurement. I don’t like it in the 1st round forDenver. Not even in the 2nd round. 1st – 2nd 3rd
 

Josh Chapman

Alabama

rSr

6-1

316

I like him more than professional analysts but I’m projecting him as a good fit for Denver in the 3rd round only because he has injury concerns and Denver would have big depth trouble if he’d go down to an injury. If not for injury concerns would grade him as late first round pick for the videos I saw. Real solid football player, not flashy but a steady one, with relentless motor….he could develop in an interior force in the NFL. 2nd – 3rd 3rd

Mike Martin

Michigan

Sr

6-1

306

He plays good, but I thinkDenveris looking for a taller DT with better pass rushing skills or a bigger DT to play NT. He’s just a little short in any of the twoDenverneeds, for this reason I think that he would be a good value forDenveronly if he’s still there withDenversecond pick in the 4th round, and Travian Robertson is already off the board….more about Robertson later. 3rd 4th

*Marcus Forston

Miami (Fla.)

rJr

6-1

301

Effort in the weight room while injured. Good sign for a team player.
By film watching he’s more a penetrating DT that anything else. He could be the one gap penetrator thatDenver need, but really have to get better versus the run, he has been pushed around consistently against good competition. Could draw consideration as 3rd rounder. His size is just the minimum that Fox used in his tenure inCarolina, so it could count against him on Denver Board.
3rd – 4th 4th

Derek Wolfe

Cincinnati

Sr

6-5

295

Is having a great offseason, rising on draft boards.
Highly productive in college, but this kind of productivity that is not easy to translate in pro productivity. Still has a long way to go, he could develop in a great DT in 2-3 years. Not soon enough forDenver investing a 2nd round pick on him. If he’ll slide to the 4th round,Denver could try to trade up for him, if he’s on the Board.
3rd – 4th 4th

Travian Robertson

South Carolina

rSr

6-4

302

Potential sleeper. Strong run stuffer with some pass rushing capability. Good videos on him. He’s really solid anchoring and while not really agile, he could push the pocket and find a way to pressure the Qb. Would be a interesting addition for the Broncos, would he be found in the late rounds, starting by the 5th round. Missed 2009 season for injury. 2nd all SEC team and Team Captain. I start to like him as a real Broncos option to increase depth at DT with some upside to become a solid starter. 7th – FA 5th

DaJohn Harris

Southern California

rSr

6-3

306

I’m not excited about his videos. There are better options lower in the draft than him, IMO. If he slips into the 6th round, then I think his starting experience at USC would have a great value for the Broncos. 4th – 5th 6th

Jaye Howard

Florida

rSr

6-3

301

Little light for what Fox likes. Still able to make plays consistently in college ranks. Is not a rock, but is able to get in the backfield. Worth a late a later round pick. 4th – 5th 6th

Logan Harrell

FresnoState

Sr

6-2

276

This guy has high motor. He does not quit and is a warrior. DuringFresno-BoiseStatehe was consistently the only defender to push Broncos pocket, creating hurries and pressures. He can Play. If he’s there in the 4th round, I hopeDenveris smart and take him. He needs to gain weight and becoming a bit stronger. But Intangibles are there. I really like him and I’d never though to see him projected undrafted in March. He will be drafted. FA 7th

Brett Roy

Nevada

Sr

6-3

275

Not enough videos on him on the web. He looks light, way too light. He could bulk up but I see him as a project andDenverhas no more room fro project at DT position.Denverneeds to have players that could produce at least in a rotational role. 5th – 6th FA

Hebron Fangupo

Brigham Young

rSr

6-1

323

More of a Nose Tackle, really good at college level but not enough dominant. I thinkDenvershould look for DTs that has more evidence of a pass rusher than him. 6th FA

Akiem Hicks

Regina

rSr

6-5

318

The knock on him is that the level he played against was really low. It’s really not easy for a fan like me to translate what I saw in the videos to productivity at NFL level. He was dominant atReginabut possibly a project in the NFL. Anyhow I won’t be unhappy if the Broncos will use their last draft pick (6th rounder) on him. 6th – 7th FA

Mike Daniels

Iowa

rSr

6-0

291

I was not impressed after seeing the few videos on him I found in the web. He’s a little short for whatDenveris said to looking for. 7th FA

Vaughn Meatoga

Hawaii

Sr

6-1

294

Not that much videos on him on the web. He looks little bit short for whatDenverlikes ta the position. 7th FA

Nicolas Jean-Baptiste

Baylor

rSr

6-2

335

Not enough videos on the web to get an idea. 6-2, 335 lbs could be a good body to check in training camp, if he goes undrafted. 7th – FA FA

Matt Conrath

Virginia

rSr

6-7

281

No video of him playing that I could find in the web. Anyhow a 6-7 guy is always interesting to see. Since his draft status since to be priority free agent,Denvercould try to bring him in for training camp. He could develop to be a taller version of Ayers, thought he is a better fit for 3-4 defense or for the Giants ( a team I think could draft him between the 6th or the 7th) together withBaltimoreand then develop him into a solid player through some years. 7th – FA FA

Tydreke Powell

North Carolina

rSr

6-2

311

Not enough videos. All the analysis I saw mention that he has to learn to lower his pads but he has all the talent and skills to lay in the NFL if he will have time to develop. I won’t take a flier on him, since DT is a need position forDenver, but I see him being the type of unknown DT that always ends up inDenverpractice squad after the training camp. It does not mean that I like it. 7th – FA FA

Chas Alecxih

Pittsburgh

rSr

6-4

296

I couldn’t find any video on him around the web. However the analysis I found suggest that he could be brought in training camp for a deep look at what he could bring to the table. I don’t think that this could apply to whatDenverwould need. FA FA

Christian Tupou

Southern California

rSr

6-2

289

Suffered a injury in spring camp back to 2010. His performance in 2011 has not been consistent to let him be noticed enough. He probably could end up being undrafted. His high motor and starting experience will make him a good training camp prospect. Although he doesn’t bring much pass rushing stats on the table, he could be a good prospect for the Broncos to bring in and evaluate. FA FA

Rennie Moore

Clemson

rSr

6-3

268

He looks good on tape. I guess character concern are raising red flags around him. If I would be Denver FO, I would strongly pursue him as CFA, he could turn some heads in training camp and ending in the 53 man roster. If the professional mindset is there, this guy could become a really good rotational player down the stretch. FA FA

Chigbo Anunoby

Morehouse

Sr

6-4

328

I would take a flier on him at the end of the draft.Denverproblem is that does not have any 7th round pick. He could be a 1 gap NT addition that could be a practice squad and developing into a good starter for 2013. I can see it happening. FA FA

Drew Nowak

WMU

Sr

6-4

295

There aren’t many videos on the web about him. Anyhow he is the MAC defensive player of the year. As senior he amassed the following stats: 8,5 sacks, 20 TFL and 85 tackles. A DT with 85 tackles? I know that MAC is not SEC, but againstMiami(the last game of 2011 season) his stats were: 2,5 sacks and 5 TFL….atMiami. I would take a shot at him, event though it won’t be easy, being a native of Green Bay probably, if not drafted, he will sign with them since at 6′ 4” and 295 he could play at multiple positions in the 3-4 DL. I won’t mind if the broncos take a chance on him late in the draft (6th round?). FA FA

Ishmaa’ily Kitchen

KentState

rSr

6-1

343

IfDenverwants a two-gaps DT at a cheap price and is willing to develop him, he is the guy. CFA mammoth DT for whomDenverwill have to win out 3-4 defenses in search for NT of the future. FA FA

Ray Kibble

KansasState

Sr

6-4

305

I would take a chance at this guy as FA. He looks really stout onKansasStatevideos and if coached well, could even become a good rotational pass rusher DT. FA FA

*Dontari Poe

Memphis

rJr

6-4

346

Videos not matching up with work out numbers. I could be wrong, but I saw better videos of less heralded DT prospects. He’s on the ground too many times. Of course his combine performance let anybody think that he could come and dominate the LOS, but his college videos doesn’t show any domination sign…. 1st No

Kheeston Randall

Texas

Sr

6-5

293

I don’t think he will shine inDenver. I think he could become a really good pro playing in a team that has a big time veteran DT….New York Giants, in example…but notDenver. 3rd No

DeAngelo Tyson

Georgia

Sr

6-2

315

I didn’t see anything special about him inGeorgiavideos. 7th – FA No

Dominique Hamilton

Missouri

rSr

6-5

313

Quitting on drills at the combine is an awful sign. FA No

Randy Colling

Gannon

Sr

6-4

322

Great size but is a 2-3 year project. He could be a good late round target for team running 3-4 defenses. FA No

J.R. Sweezy

North CarolinaState

rSr

6-5

298

Great size but a project. He plays lighter than is weight, could be a training camp body, but I see some 3-4 defense team pursuing him more thatDenver. FA No

John Hughes

Cincinnati

rSr

06-feb

309

Could need two years of development.Denverhas more pressing need for finding gamer DT. FA No

Asa Chapman

Liberty

Sr

6-4

384

I didn’t find any video on him and even in some of the more know draft web page have his profile. Anyhow he is 6′ 4” and 384. He could be a practice squad, lose some weight and evaluated a bit more. As a CFA I could see him have a chance to stick in some roster. I don’t know if inDenvereven more because some suspension he got atLibertylast year. FA No
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