Scouting 2012 Players Poll – Denver Broncos Needs – OT


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

Matt Kalil

Southern California

rJr

6-7

306

He won’t be there at 25

1st

1st

Riley Reiff

Iowa

rJr

6-6

313

There is a remote chance that he could slip in the first round. In this caseDenvercould and would definitely consider him because he is already a starter right tackle. His body balance sometimes is not correct and has to be more athletic to be considered a good LT.

1st

1st

Jonathan Martin

Stanford

rJr

6-5

312

He is a ferocious pass blocker and a “only” good run blocker. InDenverperspective he would be used as a RT this year and would letDenverhaving leverage in contract discussion with Clady during this year. A really good and solid player.

1st

1st

Zebrie Sanders

FloridaState

Sr

6-6

320

He needs to gain agility to be a LT in the NFL. Also has to improve his awareness because the plays in the NFL are faster and he sometimes react slowly to the opponent movement. Does a good job against the run and has the skills to develop (with a pair of seasons) in a LT. I don’t think thatDenveris looking for a pure Tackle in this draft and some Guard/tackles de develop while backing up could be find in later rounds. This is the reason why I downgrade his selection round for the broncos, if by an chance he will be on the board when Denver select at the end of the 3rd round, then could be that his talent would be too good to pass up.

2nd

3rd

Bobby Massie

Mississippi

Jr

6-6

316

He’s a good Tackle. He does good job against the run although he’s not a mauler. He’s also a good pass protector even id fanny that he played RT and his former teammate Sowell (A projected CFA) played LT and had problem this year protecting the pass. If I would be a scout I would ask Ole Miss Coach why he wasn’t move to LT. Again in my opinion this prospect is a pure Tackle andDenverwould look for more versatility. It’s impossible to deny that he could even start on week 1 of the 2012 season and for this reason I think some teem that has a more pressing need that Denver will draft him higher than when I’ll be a good value for Denver. I’m lowering his draft projection down not because I disagree with his general projection (I even see him as a possible late 1st) but becauseDenverwould select him only if he falls into the 3rd round.

2nd – 3rd

3rd

Mitchell Schwartz

California

rSr

6-5

318

This prospect too has to fall a bit during draft day to be too valuable froDenverto pass up on him. He has to develop, especially on awareness but always seems to be doing his assignment and the most of the time he does it greatly. Now, when reaching LB level in run plays he seems to be a little bit lost and is not a mauler. This is the area I think could be a good indicator on how good Guard he could be and I think that he has to develop the mental aspect of being a guard and at the moment he is a better Tackle. Even if I don’t see him starting by week one he has a good talent and with work ethic could develop in a great LT. Still he could play RT or LT so I consider him a good player that could instantly improve Denver OLine depth

2nd – 3rd

3rd

Matt McCants

UAB

rSr

6-6

308

Looks really good. Has good range when going to linebacker level in running plays. Could be plugged in as a Guard and has the potential to add some muscle and be a good to great Tackle in the NFL. He’s also a good finisher and play with pride. I like him a lot as OLine depth for the Broncos since he has the potential to really challenge the starters if not during this training camp at least in 2013. I would be a good pick, great if in the 4th round.

3rd – 4th

3th – 4th

Jeff Allen

Illinois

Sr

6-4

307

Could not see many videos on him in the web. Anyhow he has experience playing both RT and LT forIllinoisand is doing a fine job in the run game and looks to be powerful. He could be one prospect the Broncos have an eye on and could be picked up in the low 3rd or high 4th round if he falls on draft day. The chances to be available there are getting thinner since he’s still raising up boards up to today, but he could give quality depth to the broncos and develop in a good player at Guard or Tackle.

2nd – 3rd

4th

Brandon Mosley

Auburn

Sr

6-6

314

I couldn’t find action videos on him. I he’s a former TE converted into Tackle. He played RT in 2010 and 2011 (1 start at LT in 2011) and was named 2nd team all-SEC. Not bad for a guy that was a TE in junior college. Even more his stock could rise until draft day because how popular are converted TEs. Sure scouts see a lot of upside in him and some team will draft him willing to develop him into a LT. HowDenverfit into this mix? I have no idea, I couldn’t see him in action so I’m maintaining the consensus projection: 4th round.

3rd – 4th

4th

Tony Bergstrom

Utah

Sr

6-5

313

He has less upside than McCants at Tackle but looks good at Guard and played at Center in High school. He could provide this kind of versatility as a backup, early in his career that is whatDenverneeds. Once in practices, coaches could decide which position he’s more suited for the Broncos system and develop him. I see him as a great fit for talent and roster needs.

3rd – 4th

4th

Nate Potter

BoiseState

rSr

6-6

303

He has all the athletic skills to get it done. But his awareness and his film study has to be better. Sometimes he lets his opposite defender surprise him with speed or push, meanwhile the previous play Potter completely dominate the same guy…..lack of effort or awareness together with film study. This is the reason why, IMO, his general projection is only the 4th round. He also has to bulk up and do consistently a better job with his footwork. Still could be an interesting prospect forDenverif he falls some more and he’s there with at the beginning of the 5th round.

4th

5th

Dustin Waldron

PortlandState

Sr

6-5

305

Wow, this guy is nasty and likes to finish the play. He is a sleeper and I think that he’d be drafted really earlier that what the general consensus indicates. I like his film and I think he could be used as a Tackle and Guard. He looks to dominate at his college level and could be one of the typical small colleges Olinemen that ends up having a great career as a Pro. Now I don’t know if he has any character flag that could lower his upside but from the athletic and skills point of view he’s really solid. Would love, hypothetic red flags apart, to see him in orange and blue, would immediately upgrade talent depth.

7th

5th – 6th

Andrew Datko

FloridaState

Sr

6-6

315

Ok, this guy has a low draft projection because he has shoulder injury history. So when starts to be worth to pick him for the Broncos? To be fair his stats were impressive already when he was true freshman, sophomore year he was even better and he started to have shoulder problem in his junior year and opted to get back in college and not declare for the 2011 draft. he played only 4 games in the 2012 because he had another shoulder injury. Shoulder injury is a big concern for a OLinemen. He is athletically gifted as Kalil probably. So when the Broncos could be interested in him if the doctors considered him able to play? Probably a 6th round pick could be worth the gamble or also it could be that the Broncos removed him from their board because of injury concerns….

5th – 6th

6th

Donald Stephenson

Oklahoma

rSr

6-6

312

Professional analysts agree that this prospect could develop eventually in a good guard under a zone blocking scheme, since analyst say that he’s good coming at the second level (linebacker) and has good lateral movements together with the will to be a  nasty finisher. His main weakness is that he’s not powerful. IsDenvergetting back to more zone blocking scheme? The broncos are supposed to. I could seeDenverconsidering him late in the draft as interior lineman depth.

6th

6th

Josh Oglesby

Wisconsin

rSr

6-7

338

He has injury concerns. Played RT atWisconsinand from the video I saw, played well. Has to do a better job in pass protection but is a stalwart in the run protection. He could be easily used as a Guard and let him develop (in practice Squad) for a year. and be a finding and he’s underrated IMO. IfDenvercould find a couple of 7th round picks, I wouldn’t mind if one is spent on him.

FA

6th – 7ht

Jeff Adams

Columbia

Sr

6-6

306

He is another sleeper, though he could need a couple of years to develop. His athletic skills could let some team to draft him even in the 6th round. I like more some other players as sleepers for the Broncos but a 7th round (that at the momentDenverdoes not have) could be necessary ifDenverreally likes him. If he goes undrafted, I see a lot of teams going after him…it will be tough, without a draft selections, forDenverto get him into training camp.

7th – FA

7th

Tom Compton

South Dakota

rSr

6-5

314

He could develop into a good Tackle and potentially also at Guard with good and extensive coaching. He looks slow at times. The point with him is that he could need more time than other prospects because of the level of competition he faced and the speed of the NFL. I think that he could be a very good addition if the Broncos could select him in the end of the draft or even better as a Free agent because I don’t see him as this big draft sleepers as some professional analyst is pointing him out to be.

5th

FA

Lamar Holmes

Southern Mississippi

Sr

6-5

323

This guy progressed every year and has been named C-USA first team by coaches this year. He looks athletic in the touchdown he scored as a receiver, since he had to run 10 yards. He could be developed but it would take time. I Think Denver could play safe on him and wait and see if he goes undrafted, thought New England andPittsburgcome to my mind when I saw his video, especiallyPittsburgfor his big body.

5th – 6th

FA

Marcel Jones

Nebraska

rSr

6-6

320

Not that much news on him around the web. It’s strange because he played atNebraskaand usually Nebraka produces good Olinemen. Still he has somewhat of an injury history and played RT in college. I would wait until CFA to take a look on him.

6th – 7th

FA

Levy Adcock

OklahomaState

Sr

6-5

322

This guy has great stats in his college career and had a visit with the Broncos. He’s better suited to play RT or Guard in the pros because of his footwork. But has experience and has been tested at the higher college level and is underrated IMO. Actually is exactly what the Broncos could look for, an athletic guy that could play a number of positions as depth guy. He fits the bill but the Broncos at the moment don’t have a 7th round pick. Will he go undrafted? I think that if the broncos liked him and are not doing smoking screens with his visit, they should select him in the 6th round or try and see if they are lucky and bring him to camp as a CFA. I actually see the latest as the most probable solution.

6th – 7th

FA

Landon Walker

Clemson

rSr

6-5

301

He has a lot of experience playing at Clemson. Could not have a big upside athletically but is an hardworking player and always find a way to do the right thing on the field. He’s effort and character is worth a look in day 3 of the draft but I hope the broncos could look for guys that have bigger upside and could look at him if he goes undrafted.

7th – FA

FA

John Cullen

Utah

Sr

6-4

297

An experienced OT that could easily convert into a G in the NFL. I would take him as CFA and take a deep look at what could add to the team in terms of depth during training camp.

7th – FA

FA

Don Barclay

West Virginia

rSr

6-4

310

He’s another guy that could be used in training camp and could stick on practice squad because his work ethic and better athleticism that advertized.

7th – FA

FA

Markus Zusevics

Iowa

rSr

6-5

303

Without a torn pectoral muscle at the combine he would have been a 6th round pick at least. Now, since he could miss the entire 2012 he’ll go undrafted. If I would be Denver GM, I would sign him because he could be a really nice finding in 2013 at Guard….

FA

FA

Bradley Sowell

Mississippi

rSr

6-7

316

He has to be developed in a lot of game aspects or he could also convert to Guard. He has starting experience in college and I see him as a good body in training camp with serious potential to be inserted in the practice squad and developed for one year or two under Denver system.

FA

FA

James Carmon

MississippiState

Sr

6-6

334

A guy to develop. It could take a while but I guess that Denver Oline coach is one of the league best and could be one of the coaches interested to bring him in, as a CFA probably, and try to make a good Offensive Lineman out of him.

FA

FA

Mike Ryan

Connecticut

rSr

6-5

319

He was shifted from LT to LT in his senior year at Uconn, not a good sign. Anyhow is a big strong Olineman that could stick with some team because of his measurement.

FA

No

Mike Adams

OhioState

Sr

6-7

323

He is not a finisher. He has all the skills and the tools but sometimes is like he’s sleeping on the play. He has not the mean demeanor that i.e.Franklinhas and that let him compete at the NFL level. He’s not the type of player that could help the Broncos, but off course he’s a great prospect for other teams.

1st – 2nd

No

Matt Reynolds

Brigham Young

rSr

6-5

302

He started a lots of game for BYU (57?) and he’s a little bit older than the rest of the prospects. Still he needs to develop to play in the NFL and probably only at RT.

4th – 5th

No

Trevor Olson

Northern Illinois

rSr

6-6

302

He has the size to compete in the NFL, but I can’t see the athleticism that would make him a good fit forDenvermixed scheme.

7th – FA

No

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