Scouting 2012 Players Poll – Denver Broncos Needs – CB


This list that follows is meant to be my personal amateur analysis on CBs available 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)

Morris Claiborne

LSU

Jr

5-11

188

He will be the first CB selected in the draft really too high for the Broncos to be seriously interested on him. Also I don’t see in his videos that kind of CB skills that makes a CB a sure prospect. He has to learn how to play CB in the NFL.

1st

1st

Dre Kirkpatrick

Alabama

Jr

6-2

186

Big size for a corner, not flashy but enough speed for his size.
Great size. Could cause penalty flags because the aggressive style at OLS. He is a physical player that hit hard and also is a good tackler. Still has to be seen if he can much up constantly with NFL speedy receiver. Late 1st round pick.

1st

1st

Janoris Jenkins

North Alabama

Sr

05-oct

193

The knock on him is due on character concerns. It’s not known if the Broncos erased him from their board because of that. Anyhow he is a complete different CB prospect than the rest of 1st round prospect at CB in this year draft. He is a developed cover corner that could have problems defending the run. He has range and is instinctive defending the pass game, but struggle at times defending the run. This could suggest that he has to bulk up and became stronger but I’m not completely sure that could be a solution. Sometimes he completely overrun the ball carrier and cut himself of the play. In the NFL it could be terribly costly. He has the talent to be a 1st round pick and if he matures, he could become a star cover CB in the NFL.

1st

1st

Stephon Gilmore

South Carolina

Jr

6-0

190

He has all the skills and athletic abilities to become a good CB in the NFL. Anyhow from the video I saw on the web is making too many mental mistakes to be plugged in and be successful from day one in the Pros. He will have to be coached up a little bit by veterans, more than positional coaches, he needs to adapt to the Pro Game because he could cause too many penalties because his aggressive style of playing and missed assignments because he is a little bit impatient at times. IMO he has the skills to be a good first round pick by a team that could use him as depth player in his rookie year.Denvercould do it, but I thinks that the Broncos would like to make a starter out of their first round pick, other 1 year developmental CBs could be found in round 2 and maybe even 3.

1st-2nd

2nd

Alfonzo Dennard

Nebraska

Sr

5-10

204

Here is a prospect that slide a little bit since the start of the draft evaluation process. In his video I see a flashing, powerful athlete but, as for Gilmore, I think he will have to learn how to play the position in the Pros. I’m referring to the fact that NFL QBs throw the ball much faster and. as bottom line, any plays in the NFL is performed faster than in college. I see, in the videos, that he has been a playmaker in college but he could have a transition period to translate his skills to NFL speed. He will need, to become a NFL playmaker, to groom under some good and experienced CB (Champ Bailey could be a perfect example). I think he could develop into a very good cover corner but as I wrote for Gilmore, if is worth for the Broncos to use a 1st round pick in a player that will contribute in 2013.I don’t think he will be still available when Denver select in the 2nd round, but in this scenario I could really see Denver taking him wi9th his first pick of the second day.

1st-2nd

2nd

Jayron Hosley

Virginia Tech

Jr

5-10

178

Fast and good at combine drills. He’s a top prospect as return specialist too. Good videos, looks good in coverage, always looking to the Qb, big plays capability ¿could he be tried at FS too? Not understanding why he is not in consideration for the 1st round. If he could bulk up and put effort on watching tapes, he could be a steal in the 2nd round. Could immediately push Good man for starting role and eventually win out the gig. Quite more impressive than others CB rated actually higher than him on most analyst boards.
If he falls to the 2nd round, he could be a potential target forDenver.

2nd

2nd

Jamell Fleming

Oklahoma

rSr

5-11

206

Solid player. He always looks to be in the play, could recognize what is going on in the field and react quickly. I like his tackling and his awareness. Could not be the most flashing corner of the 2012 draft but all in all he is a solid player that is willing to hit and play for the team. What I also liked is that he has been used a lot against TE and bigger WRs in college, experience that could be useful in the NFL where Big receiving TEs have become a trend. He would be a great pick forDenverin the 2nd round, thought he won’t be a playmaker soon in his career. IfDenvercould pick him with the 3rd round pick, it would be awesome!!!

2nd

2nd

Trumaine Johnson

Montana

Sr

6-2

204

Fast, big and quick. Sure somebody would suggest to make a FS out of him in the NFL. I would like to see him playing at CB. In my opinion he looks more ready to play that some 1st to 2nd round prospects, he could have less ceiling than Dennard or Gilmore, but I didn’t’ see any big mental mistake in his video on the web. Off course he has to improve is strength and his tackling technique, but what I liked in his videos is that he looks better in the second part of the game, making less mistakes and looking like he adjusted his game. I think that ifDenverwants to draft a CB to groom between Bailey. he could be the best prospect but probablyDenvershould use a 2nd round pick on him.

3rd

2nd

Chase Minnifield

Virginia

rSr

5-10

183

One think I saw and liked a lot about this prospect is that he could battle WRs blocks and stay and stop the run out of a block. It’s really fantastic the job he did against Georgia Tech against Stephen Hill that looks like twice taller than Minnifield. He had a great game: he tackled really well he was always ready to make a play and never looked off the play. Impressive showing even more because his interception, it was a bad throw by the QB, showed that he could stay there with a speedy receiver as Hill is though to be. He could lack great athleticism but overall he looks to me as a real solid player that could learn his way and be a good cover corner later in his career. I think he could be a great nickel back in his rookie year and with a couple of year more of development and trick learning, he could be a good cover corner. I don’t know why he slide from a 1st round prospect to 3rd, he plays like a good solid player that could help right away in week one; this to me is being a 1st round pick. If anything,Denvershould carefully thinking on this prospect because could be a great player in the future of the Organization.

3rd

2nd

Josh Robinson

UCF

Jr

5-10

199

Good on tape. Fastest player at the combine. Look also like potential return specialist. Has to bulk up, does not look as agile as Hosley, but just one small step back. Could be used for depth and returner the first year and develop into a starter next year. He Looks like a solid 3rd round pick or even as 2nd, to me.

2nd

3rd

Brandon Boykin

 

Georgia

Sr

5-9

182

His versatility will make him a 2nd round pick. Could really be targeted byDenverand could be a finding at CB.

2nd

3rd

Dwight Bentley

La.-Lafayette

Sr

5-10

182

He was really fast at combine. Did really well in all postseason. Denvercould test him as return specialist.
Good prospect to be picked in the 4th round.

3rd

4th

Josh Norman

Coastal Carolina

Sr

6-0

197

Not too many videos on him but he looks like a good CB to groom. He made big plays but also the level of the competition he faced has not been the best. He has great athletic skills together with toughness and good tackling technique. Because of his potential he won’t be available in the 4th round and I think he could be less ready to play than other CB that the Broncos could select in the 3rd round. This said, the Broncos went to his Pro Day and this at least means that they wanted to know more about this prospect and that could be underDenverradar.

3rd

4th

Shaun Prater

Iowa

Sr

5-10

190

Not that much video on him on the web. Could develop in good starter in two or three years. He has to get stronger but looks liken a solid football player and a leader. He does not have flash speed but is a good tackles and is not taking plays off (at least in the few video I could see). He could be a good depth selection in the 4th round for the Broncos, although some other team could pick him in the 3rd.

4th

4th

DeQuan Menzie

Alabama

Sr

5-11

202

He is a interesting prospect because his skills, because his toughness and IMO, mainly because he is a talented player that had to live in the shadow of more heralded players atAlabama. I think that his mental asset and toughness will help him greatly in the NFL and his Pro production could be even greater than othersAlabamaprospects in the 2012 NFL Draft. I would likeDenverto think about him in the 4th round and even in the 3rd.

4th

4th

Ryan Steed

Furman

Sr

5-10

195

He looks to have quick feet and to always stay in the play. Good read and react to any play on the field. Ok, at least form his Highlight video….that does not show eventual mistakes. I think that the consensus Draft projection is right and he could be a good 4th round pick. He has potential but also does not have great experience facing better competition. A lot of the ball I saw him intercepting were lame ducks thrown in his direction. He has made great plays in coverage breaking passes and tackling well. An interesting prospect that with good teaching and time could develop in a good number 2 CB in the NFL.

4th

4th

Leonard Johnson

Iowa State

Sr

5-10

196

Interesting prospect. Did well against the best competition he could had last year, thought he was beaten at times. Somehow he remembers me of the solid player the Broncos found in Chris Harris and like Harris; I think his place in the NFL should start to be the Nickel Cornerback. He looks like a solid player, only I don’t thinkDenvershould draft more Nickel Corners.

3rd

5th

Casey Hayward

Vanderbilt

Sr

5-11

185

Not a good showing againstSouth Carolina. He played/fight the whole match, but not a single big play by him, IMO. He was used in a lot of zone schemes and could be a good fit in that kind of defense but also had not good tape in run support; he is constantly blocked or run by the ball carrier. He would need to bulk up and get stronger. Anyhow he’s doing great job defending the pass at times. He has technique and could go against speedy receivers in college, I just wonder how well he could face NFL speedy receivers that are also good route runner together with NFL QB throws. As I said he could be a good fir for defense that use intense zone coverage and mixed it up a bit with man coverage at times. Now, which scheme will Del Rio use in Denver?

3rd

5th

Josh Pleasant

Kent State

Sr

5-10

190

All MAC second team (media). Has a really good video. He’s a player that I like. He may be a little short for the position at 5′ 10” but really play hard. He hit hard, has good range, though not great, knows hot to play cover corner and also has experience in zone scheme (Alabamahighlights). Has nose for football both in coverage and in the running game, essentially he can recognize the play and react to that. I really think that if he can bulk up, he could really be this year Chris Harris with potentially even more upside. I would considerate him even in the late 5th – early 6th round for a team as the Broncos that have multiple needs at CB. If he falls to FA, he would one of mine first priorities. He could really impress during training camp, barring personal issues or motivational issues. I would go to his Pro-Day and really investigate because he’s really intriguing me a lot.

FA

5th – 6th

Asa Jackson

Cal Poly

Sr

5-10

191

Good developing CB. He has all the athletic abilities and skills to develop in a successful CB in the NFL. He’s just not ready yet and will need to play some Nickel back and special team in a team with a good DB coach (asDenverhas).

5th

6th

Donnie Fletcher

Boston College

Sr

6-0

201

Has good feel for locating the ball and could change direction quickly. His athletic abilities together with his size makes him a interesting prospect, even though he has been use not that much in pure man to man coverage. Has to be developed but could be an interesting addition in the later rounds forDenver.

5th

6th

Micah Pellerin

Hampton

rSr

6-0

194

He has skills (physical, fluidity, burst). Needs time to develop but could end up being a good starter and a good fit for man to man coverage in the NFL. He’s just raw and needs to be selected by a team that is willing to take time on him.

5th

6th

Coryell Judie

Texas A&M

rSr

6-0

194

Also a good kick returner. He has a thick frame and looks really athletic. Was use a lot in zone coverage and shows willing to tackle the run plays. Suffers covering bigger WRs. Could be used as depth and special team returner.

5th

7th

Omar Bolden

Arizona State

rSr

5-10

202

He came back from a knee injury. He’s talented and versatile (special team). Anyhow I think thatDenvercould a chance on him only on later rounds if he falls. The in training camp I would see what he could bring to the table in terms of special team and how much he could bulk up to constantly compete against NFL big wide outs. He played in a talented ASU defense and faced good competition. Could be a solid player at Pro level.

5th

FA

Justin Bethel

Presbyterian

Sr

6-0

200

A guy that didn’t face top competition in college. This could be the knock on him although his versatility won’t go unnoticed, since he also was invited to the combine and get some good measurement. 39.5 in vertical jump indicates that he his an explosive player although his 40s aren’t flashy at all. I hope that all teams gives to his 40s more importance that I actually do and that he could fall in an draft area that is more valuable for the Broncos, given the multiple needs the team has. If he’s there in the 7th round, his value as CB prospect and return man will be really high, so barring knock on him due to failed interviews he could be one of the most talented players sitting there. I know that some professional football sites ranks him as 4th round value, but I think that his CB skill are still very raw because the level of competition he faced in college and his return skills could be overestimated due to the same reason. 7th round or CFA could be a good value for the Broncos on a position where the team already has prospect that I hope could develop into starters.Denverneeds more ready to play players to use a mid-round pick on a project at this position.

5th

FA

Chris Greenwood

Albion

Sr

6-1

196

He is a raw prospect that played at a lower level in college but that possesses the potential and the athletic skills to develop, with the right amount of time, in a good corner.

6th

FA

Robert Golden

Arizona

Sr

5-11

200

Good tackler. Has played Safety and then CB. He is still developing as CB and could surprise once in the NFL if he’s given the time and he’ll earn his chance. He looks like a keeper with good body strengths.

FA

FA

Desmond Marrow

Toledo

rSr

6-2

210

Suffered two serious injuries while atToledobut still manage to get the 1st team all MAC conference. I would like a guy like him to be brought to training camp because his toughness and size 6′ 3” could be really interesting for the Broncos.

FA

FA

Keith Tandy

West Virginia

rSr

5-10

202

He is still raw and has to get better finding the ball on the field. Anyhow he is athletic and plays hard. Could be used as Nickel Corner, which in my opinionDenvershould not look for.

6th

No

Trevin Wade

Arizona

rSr

5-10

192

A prospect to develop for zone coverage teams

6th

No

Mike Harris

Florida State

Sr

5-10

188

He is a physical corner with good tackle technique that will be mainly used as Niche back. Chris Harris has the spot covered for the Broncos.

6th

No

Coty Sensabaugh

Clemson

rSr

5-11

189

He is a smart player that could be more of a FS prospect and project in the NFL. He could be drafted because mainly he’s really fast locating the ball in every moment of the play (something that is required to a FS). I don’t think thatDenvershould use a draft pick on FS, the Broncos should occupy themselves on teaching and developingMoore.

7th

No

Robert Blanton

Notre Dame

Sr

6-1

208

He will be moved to FS probably by some team that will draft him in the 7th as a project.

7th

No

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