Scouting 2012 Players Poll – Denver Broncos Needs – OLB


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

Lavonte David

Nebraska

Sr

6-1

233

He’s a little bit undersized and is not quick or flashy. But he is a great football player. In my opinion there are also chances that he could slip into the third round, but of course there are also chances he could be drafted in the 1st round. I like this player and he could be a great addition forDenverat the WOLB and could play some ILB in pass defense.

2nd

2nd

Bruce Irvin

West Virginia

Sr

6-3

245

This guy is fast, quick and has great motor. He’s light so probably this is the reason why he’s not considered in the back end of the 1st round of the draft. He’s really good pass rusher andDenvercould find various roles he could cover in situational formations. I really like the video I saw.

2nd – 3rd

2nd

Nigel Bradham

Florida State

Sr

6-2

241

He is an old fashion ferocious hitter linebacker. He could play coverage and also the run. Has an aggressive style of play and looks powerful. Has to develop his game and be more consistent. Will probably need one year of experience before to start to make an impact but anyhow has all the skills to become a solid starter at least.

3rd

2nd

Tank Carder

TCU

rSr

6-2

236

Wow. Ok I get that this guy is not 6′ 4” and he has to work on his tackle angles, but he can play. He definitely made a tons of plays during his all career. Now where the broncos could use him MLB. He could grow for a year under Mays and than play forDenverfor the next 10 years being a true leader and a force in the middle.

6th

2nd

Zach Brown

North Carolina

Sr

6-1

244

He’s great athlete but the best video on him I saw was the one againstTennesseeof 2010. In 2011 something was really worse. He can play sideline to sideline and this is a great thing. But in 2011 looks like he reacted really slowly to the play and missed tackles and less speed. I don’t know. He can play football at NFL level, no doubt about it…..

1st – 2nd

3rd

Shea McClellin

Boise State

rSr

6-3

260

I Think he could be a good fit for a 3-4 team but who ever would spend a 1st round pick will reach. From a Broncos perspective, he could be a little men Von Miller and I won’t spend more than a 3rd round pick on him. He does not show enough quickness and lateral movement to be picked by a 4-3 team.

2nd

3rd

Ronnell Lewis

Oklahoma

Jr

6-2

253

He played DE atOklahomaand is a ferocious hitter plus a good pass rusher. I actually like a lot the video of him against Texas and I do think that as for Irvin he could be a great addition not only for 3-4 team but also for 4-3 teams like Denver that use to bring more pass rusher on passing down. Plus he is a tremendous special team hitter.

2nd – 3rd

3rd

Sean Spence

Miami (Fla.)

Sr

5-11

231

He is a good, good football player that actually does not reach NFL typical measurements. But he can play and will find his way in the NFL. He recognizes the play well and is really quick.

3rd

3rd

Demario Davis

Arkansas State

rSr

6-2

235

Great bench press record at the combine (32, most of any LB). Showed speed and physicality at the senior bowl.
Denver could look for speedy LBs that show also power and physicality. Let them grow under the new training&conditioning guru and let them play the next year (2013). His draft stock raised up a lot in the last months so a late round pick won’t be enough to add him to the Broncos roster. IfDenver likes him enough, a 3rd round pick has to be invested.

3rd

3rd

Terrell Manning

North Carolina State

rJr

6-2

237

He plays bigger than his size. He was used in all the three linebacker positions and in theLouisvillevideo he looks pretty good covering TEs and pass rushing too. He has a complete set of skills IMO but is young and need a little bit of development in every area. But there is no doubt, by his video, that he can play and he can be an important part of a defense, especially In a 4-3 type where he could make plays all over the field. I like him more than what professional analysts do and I think he is worth a Bronco 3rd round pick and I’m sure some team will consider him on the top of round 3.

4th – 5th

3rd

Keenan Robinson

Texas

rSr

6-3

242

He has to improve his tackling technique but overall does a job good finding the football and being in position to make plays. He has the size to cover TEs, still has to bulk up a bit and become more powerful. Does not have much of lateral movement and at time looks not as athletic as his frame suggest. I think he could be another good prospect linebacker that could be tried at all three positions in the 4-3 scheme with the pus that if he gets bigger he could be used as SOLB where the Broncos don’t have much depth. If he’ll be still there in the 4th round he could be in Broncos discussion.

3rd – 4th

4th

Jonathan Massaquoi

Troy

rJr

6-2

264

He’s a good pass rusher, looks that he could improve his footwork when he’s changing direction and overall looks to need a year of two of development but has the tools to be a consistent pass rusher in the NFL both as 3-4 OLB (better suited physically) or 4-3 defenses.

4th

4th

Travis Lewis

Oklahoma

rSr

6-1

246

He looks more suited for 3-4 ILB. In the 4-3 I see him playing WOLB but I don’t know how much the Broncos will be looking for a WOLB in this stage of the draft (4th or 5th) round. He could drop in coverage but I didn’t see as many plays on the LOS that I would like by a linebacker. I see him as a player that has the bilk up and would start his career backing up a veteran from whom he could learn how to diagnose better the play that is going to unfold. Still he’s a good football player IMO that could be a good starter in the NFL

4th – 5th

5th

Emmanuel Acho

Texas

Sr

6-1

238

Looks really good in run support. He needs to get stronger in the way that he could shed blocks better in the NFL. He does a good job recognizing the play and reacting to. I like his videos especially the one againstOklahoma. I see him being a good player finding plying time in his rookie year especially in a 3-4 defense. He has to get stronger for playing in a 4-3 defense and he lacks size for being a SOLB and lack a little bit of athleticism for playing WOLB. Still he is a solid football player and could be a good addition in the Broncos roster.

5th

5th

Miles Burris

San Diego State

rSr

06-feb

246

Really interesting prospect that I hope won’t end up playing for the Chargers. He looks explosive and he plays with nastiness….as a real football player. He simply knows how to get to the QB and he plays the run well too.. I would loveDenverto draft him because if he’s going undrafted Sand Diego will have him and I suspect he will make a name of himself in the League. Underrated.

7th – FA

5th

Gerald Gooden

Purdue

rSr

06-mar

235

I don’t know how could be that there is few information about this guy on the web. The video I just saw really shows he can play. He’s no over flashy, but he can push the line and getting pressure to the QB. He is 6′ 4”, 235 he needs to bulk up a bit and be used as DE or OLB. He’s probably not fast enough to play OLB for a 3-4 defense, but he could get a deep look by a 4-3 coordinator that use SOLB to put pressure to the Qb. He could be just a backup in the NFL, but I have see enough to get the idea that he could be a really good Von Miller back-up inDenversystem.

FA

6th

Danny Trevathan

Kentucky

Sr

6-0

237

Light frame, good tackler, good feeling locating the football. Can play. Needs to get stronger and bigger. Right now he could be pushed around by big and Strong NFL Olineman.

6th – 7th

7th

Dexter Heyman

Louisville

Sr

06-mar

238

Often used to bring pressure at the LOS. Quite a big guy but there’s not enough evidence he can cover a TE. Had some sacks and some nice pressures, no hard hits evidence. Could be brought in as CFA and have a shot at SOLB in 4-3 defense or even better, ifDenvercould acquire a couple of 7th rounds he could be grabbed there. I like his upside.

FA

7th

Gabe Knapton

Wyoming

rSr

06-mar

252

Not enough videos on him. He’s a Coloradans and for being a local prospect could be a camp body. Looks like a guy that love competition.

FA

FA

Bobby Wagner

Utah State

Sr

6-0

241

I think he is better suited for playing 3-4 Inside Linebacker. He’s a tackle machine and I really do like his straight speed with whom he could recover from behind receiver. Anyhow I don’t see elite athleticism and I Think is one ofDenverrequirement for LB. He’s a solid football player.

2nd

No

Josh Kaddu

Oregon

Sr

6-3

239

I couldn’t find many videos of him in the web. He had a productive career atOregonbut he is light. Will need to bulk up and time to develop.

3rd

No

Brandon Lindsey

Pittsburgh

rSr

6-2

254

He played De for Pitt. He has a good bull rush move and he’s pretty strong at the point of attack but does not shows other pass rushing movement. He could convert to a 3-4 defense but would need a couple of years to learn how to. Still is a good player but I don’t think that fit that much the system thatDenverhas in place.

5th – 6th

No

Tyler Nielsen

Iowa

rSr

6-3

238

No that many videos on him in the web. He has history of injuries and could be a good fir for a 3-4 defense OLB. He has good pass rush motor so if given the time to develop and be used to the NFL speed.

6th

No

Darius Fleming

Notre Dame

Sr

06-feb

245

Go figure playing for Notre Dame and not having a single video showing your resume on the web….I literally could not see why 26 teams interviewed him at the combine, in most of the draft site he’s still projected as 7th rounder. I guess He will be a 5th rounder finally, but really could not see that much of him. At 6′ 2” he will be a weak linebacker, WOLB in the 4-3 or WILB in the 3-4. I guess a 3-4 team will draft him in round 5.

7th

No

Adrian Robinson

Temple

Sr

06-ene

237

He looks to be a good prospect for 3-4 teams. I don’t think he fitsDenversystem (at DE I mean) and he’s not a 4-3 OLB.

7th – FA

No

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