Scouting 2012 Players Poll – Denver Broncos Needs – OC


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

Peter Konz

Wisconsin

rJr

6-5

314

He’s the best Center in this class. Does a great job in run plays and is also very good in pass protection. I could see him playing at guard too at the beginning of his professional career because he has leverage gaining the second level of defenders and likes to close the play. Anyhow, given the fact that I’m assuming Denver is looking forward to play with the same starting Olinemen than last year, I don’t see Denver overly interested in bringing in a G/C in the first 2 rounds. But I could be wrong; he has talent and upside to become a really solid Olineman in the NFL.

1st – 2nd

2nd

Ben Jones

Georgia

Sr

6-2

303

A guy that has a lot of starting experience at Center in college. He is not overly impressive tough, sometimes he’s struggling with the opposite defender quickness and suddenness. Has to become more athletic and powerful in order to compete with NFL type of defensive linemen but he rumored to be a hard worker blue collar guy. He could develop in a really good center under the right scheme (zone blocking if he could become more athletic).

2nd – 3rd

4th – 5th

Philip Blake

Baylor

Sr

6-2

311

He does a good job with his feet and is also doing a fine job reaching the linebackers and block. He plays with nastiness and I like it. I think he’s a little bit underrated, tough his height is average for a Olineman. I think he could do a fine job in the NFL sooner rather than later and could be selected even earlier than the 3rd day of the draft if a team is in need of a Center to compete for the starting job. Denver situation is different. DJ Walton is a solid player IMO and has still upside. I don’t think that the team is willing to let Manning start under a rookie or a player that does not have enough playing experience in the NFL and Walton, though young, has already two full years of experience and played in Denver system. Anyhow Blake is a good prospect that does a good job and looks to be a keeper.

4th

4th – 5th

Michael Brewster

Ohio State

Sr

6-2

312

Against MSU he had a rough day but finished up with honor IMO. He was beaten a couple of times but the rest of OSU Oline did a worse job than him and he was usually holding up his man and finding how to help Guards because they were really struggling. The plays he was burned in pass protection happened mostly when the linebacker was retarding the blitz and then exploding through the gap. He has to do a better job on reading this kind of situation. Overall he looked solid in this video. Against Wisconsin his effort to gain the second level of the defenders in the running game is awful. Here I can see the effort concern that is the knock on him. Again later in the game he did a better job and is anyhow a good run protector when not asked to pave the way for the runner. He has somewhat of a selfish style of playing taking care of his assignment but with his athletic ability and his power on the video he leave the impression that he could have done more, the he could have dominate at the college level but he didn’t. He has been a really good player and is a really good prospect, being close to Konz for skillset, but he has to prove that his best effort is there every day in practice at the next level, because everybody is athletic and talented in the NFL.

3rd – 4th

5th

Quentin Saulsberry

Mississippi State

rSr

6-2

304

Versatile Olineman that played both guard, RT and Center for Mississippi State. His height is not fantastic but he’s doing a fine job against the run and the fact that played so many positions suggests that he could have great football intelligence. Has to bulk up a little bit, like the most of the college players, in order to face the power of NFL defenders. He could be a late nice addition for Denver Oline depth.

4th – 5th

5th – 6th

Grant Garner

Oklahoma State

rSr

6-2

292

He is a physical Olineman in the mold that Fox likes a lot. He was voted as the Pac-12 Best Olineman. And yet was not invited to the combine. He’s tall and looks to have the frame to add weight and power. Could be brought to training camp as CFA and tried both at Center and Guard. I think he could stick at least in practice squad, use one year for development and then been a nice addition to Oline depth in Denver.

7th – FA

FA

Mason Cloy

Clemson

rSr

6-3

310

He’s an overachiever and has good size and experience at both G and C positions at Clemson. I’m not betting against him. He0s another guy that could be selected towards the end of the draft or go undrafted. Denver could try to bring him in to see if he can add muscles and power and then see which position he could play better in Denver system. I like guys like this one, they are die hard guys and I think that he’s also a little bit underrated.

7th – FA

FA

David Snow

Texas

Sr

6-4

303

He is a practice squad/fringe roster guy that in the right team could develop into a starter in the NFL. He has the height and has to be more powerful. His experience at Guard could let him being drafted late in the draft. Denver could take deep look at him as CFA because he basically fits all the athletic bills that Fox requires to his Olinemen.

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FA

Moe Petrus

Connecticut

rSr

6-2

299

An Athletic Olineman that is a little bit short for what Denver usually looks at the position. Anyhow He could be a good body in training camp and I think he could have some upside even more at Guard that Center. 

FA

FA

David Molk

Michigan

rSr

6-1

298

He’s a good Center prospect for zone blocking scheme teams. Sure teams as Houston and Atlanta will have him ranked really higher than my Broncos Projection, even a 3rd round grade. Denver used mixed schemes in 2011 and he’s not suited (weight) for the power blocking. He did a great job reaching the second level of defender when asked and could be a great angles blocker in the NFL. I don’t think he’s under Denver radar because of his characteristics. Probably Mike Shanahan in Denver would have draft him in the 4th round. Fox and Co. are looking for more complete prospects nowadays.

5th

No

Garth Gerhart

Arizona State

rSr

6-1

305

He’s a quite good pass blocker but does not looks to have elite strength and mobility. His height is not ideal and probably could be more suited for zone blocking scheme in the NFL. Anyhow he started at RG, LG and Center for Arizona State and his effort and versatility could not be overlooked. From Denver Point of view he’s probably physically too short and lack ideal power and leverage to get to the linebacker level in the running game.

6th – 7th

No

Scott Wedige

Northern Illinois

rSr

6-4

304

He started in 2011 meanwhile he played backup center in 2010. Could have a lot of upside, given his size (6-4 is good for inside Olinemen) but has to be developed for one or two years.

7th – FA

No

William Vlachos

Alabama

rSr

6-1

319

He does have not the size that Fox likes for Olinemen. Still ha has a lot of experience playing for Alabama for 5 years and has a lot of football knowledge. His size and football IQ could allow him to be drafted by a zone blocking scheme team and I think this guy will play in the NFL.

7th – FA

No

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