Scouting 2012 Players Poll – Denver Broncos looking for RBs


This list that follows is meant to be my personal amateur analysis on RBs 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. Denver already has a decent depth at Running back tough a Running Back could be probably the player selected from the Broncos in the 1st round, IMO.

 

 

Player

College

Year

Height

Weight

Note

League Projection

My Grade (Broncos point of view)

Trent Richardson

Alabama

Jr

5-9

228

I won’t be there at 25th andDenverhas not enough picks ammunition to trade up for him.

1st

1st

Doug Martin

BoiseState

rSr

5-9

223

Bulked Up maintaining a good 40s time at the combine.
He could really be the top prospect onDenver board. Interview is the important device to understand ifDenver is interested on him or not. He’s a good running back that runs hard and that remind somewhat of Willis McGahee.

1st – 2nd

1st

David Wilson

Virginia Tech

Jr

5-10

206

I like him more then a lot of other fans. He’s elusive and even when tackled he gained a lots of yards after the contact. I like him a lot; he does a lot of good think though it’s true that is not special in anything.

1st – 2nd

1st

Lamar Miller

Miami(Fla.)

rSo

5-11

212

He’s a bruising running back. IfDenveris getting back to more zone blocking scheme he should be the best RB inDenverboard 8afterRichardson). He runs hard, has good speed and great acceleration.Denvercould really think about him in the 1st round.

2nd

1st

Bernard Pierce

Temple

Jr

6-0

218

Big and fast at the combine.
The same of Martin, but a round later and he’s faster. I see him as a potential target forDenver in the 2nd round.

3rd

2nd

Chris Polk

Washington

Sr

5-11

215

Not a great combine but a decent one. He was really elusive at college level, good initial burst. Bakes tackles. No enough pass protection and catching video.
At this point I’m a fan of him. He was really productive in college, but did not bright neither at the senior bowl nor at the combine.Denver has 2 5th round picks, ifDenver stays put and he’s there at the beginning of the 5ht round, he could really be considered. I like college productivity more than senior bowl practices and I like senior bowl practices more than Combine workout.Denver has to study if the senior bowl struggles and combine mediocrity are due to lack of commitment.  If his commitment is all right, he is the guy that could wear orange and blue for 6-7 year and make a couple of pro-bowls.

2nd – 3rd

3rd

Robert Turbin

UtahState

rJr

5-10

222

He physically fits what Fox looks for in a running back. He’s not flashy and has to gain power in the lower body. The point on him is that I don’t see anything special coming out his video (san Jose State i.e.) but the final game stats said that he run 122 yards for 2 TDs and 2 catchers for 14 yards….it’s quite a lot of production. He is a powerful underrated prospect that is always looking for get the extra yard after the tackle. i like him, I understand why he could not be a 1st round pick but I also think he would be a good addition to a RB tandem as the one Denver will have.

3rd

3rd

Cyrus Gray

TexasA&M

Sr

5-10

206

He’s a power running back with enough athletic ability to be a really good rotational RB. He also has receiving skills. He’s not the fastest running back of this year draft neither has the kind of acceleration after the cut that leave defender behind him. But he’s a pounding RB with patience for finding a hole and the power and the muscle to take punishments.

3rd – 4th

3rd

Tauren Poole

Tennessee

Sr

5-10

205

He’s a really good running back. He’s catching the ball extremely well out of the pocket and when is getting an opportunity he can accelerate through the hole and pick up some nice yardage. Have experience playing special teams as tackle that is a plus. I think he’s underrated and given his size and weight he could easily be a steal in rounds 3rd – 4th.

4th

3rd – 4th

Isaiah Pead

Cincinnati

Sr

5-10

197

He is a little light for the NFL, IMO. Has to gain muscles and power in his lower body. He runs hard but too many times exposes his body to punishment.

2nd – 3rd

4th

Ronnie Hillman

San DiegoState

rSo

5-9

200

Up and down at the combine, small hands could be a fumble problem in the NFL. He runs hard and looks to be team player. I have the impression that there will be a team that will draft him earlier than his projection.

3rd

4th

Vick Ballard

MississippiState

Sr

5-10

219

A lighter version of Brandon Jacobs type of power back with more explosion through the hole. I really would like Denver to have in the roster a type of this back, he could be really useful if Denver would get back to a more one cut and down hill running scheme….we’ll se. Tough I like this prospect and I think that some teams will jump on him in the 4th round.

4th – 5th

4th

Terrance Ganaway

Baylor

rSr

6-0

239

Stock down at the combine because slow 40s and not good at pass catching.
Considering that he will fall during draft day because of Combine numbers, he could be worth a late round selection or, if Denver is lucky, could be a great CFA addiction. He’s big and could surprise during training camp. Denver just needs some new running back.
North to south runner, not that much patience waiting for a hole. Not enough pass protection and catching video.

5th

5th

Chris Rainey

Florida

rSr

5-8

180

He is a really elusive and productive running back. My question on him is his durability in the NFL where defenders are bigger, stronger and quicker. He run well is really fat and catch the ball quite well too. He’s just little bit too light for be taken in the 3rd or even in the 4th. but there’s no question that his productivity at the college level has been tremendous.

3rd – 4th

5th – 6th

Brandon Bolden

Mississippi

Sr

5-11

222

One cut runner that Shanahan could like a lot. He has a good downfield vision and is explosive when hitting the hole. He’s not fast but could brake tackles and get some extra yards. Good back to be selected in the middle rounds of the draft.

6th

5th – 6th

Dan Herron

OhioState

rSr

5-10

213

Suspended for 5 games for receiving improper benefits. He looks like a taller Sproles. He could be a good late pick and produce initially as 3rd down back (he was really productive also as pass catcher) and will gain playing time through the year. Somehow he’s not overly exciting me anyhow, from aDenverpoint of view.

4th – 5th

6th

Lennon Creer

LouisianaTech

rSr

5-11

219

This guy is a player. He’s quite fast and knows what to do in traffic. Can also catch the ball and play returner in special teams. He could be a finding in the late stages of the draft.

7th – FA

6th

Marc Tyler

Southern California

rSr

5-11

219

He has a slow first step after the snap at times. He’s a power running back with less athleticism than other backs in this draft. Still he’s able to carry the load and take punishments by defenders. He has good blocking technique. He could be a good late draft or CFA solution forDenver.

6th – 7th

7th – FA

Bobby Rainey

Western Kentucky

rSr

5-7

208

A thick compact back. Does not have the power in his lower body to be the same elusive in the NFL than in college. Anyhow a good football player that runs hard has receiving skills and protects the ball well when running. I like him but is not ultra flashy and his height limit is a big cloud on his effectiveness in the NFL. He could do it and some team will be try to find an hidden gem on him in the draft. If he falls to free agency, I hopeDenverwill be the team that pursues him the most and brings him to training camp. Sure this guy find his role in the team!.

5th – 6th

FA

Michael Smith

UtahState

rSr

5-8

207

Third down type of back in the Pros. His game speed is slower than the one clocked on the track. Still catches the ball really well and step up in the big occasions. A CFA opportunity for the Broncos.

6th – 7th

FA

Adonis Thomas

Toledo

rSr

5-10

185

He’s agile and has a great awareness. Now he has to bulk up for being affective in the Pros. He has some skills and an improbable ability to cut and re-cut the rout until the defender has lost the tackle angle….but in the NFL this type of plays ill be rarer. Still is a prospect worth to see what can bring to the table.

7th

FA

LaMichael James

Oregon

rJr

5-8

194

He’s a little bit too light for what Fox usually likes and in the videos there’s no evidence that he could be a consistent pass catcher in the NFL. I think thatDenvercould find better options at running back in the 3rd and even 4th and 5th rounds that could fit better the kind of running back thatDenvercould look for in this Draft.

2nd – 3rd

No

Davin Meggett

Maryland

Sr

5-8

211

Compact short back that has a plus in the leg explosion on the open field. Thought has to do a better job in the pass catching area to find some playing time together with special teams.

5th

No

Edwin Baker

MichiganState

Jr

5-8

204

Not a very fast runner. Tough he has some balance and hit the hole hard. At this stage is not better than any RB in the Broncos Roster.

5th – 6th

No

 

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