Scouting 2012 Players Poll – Denver Broncos looking for Safeties


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

Mark Barron

Alabama

Sr

6-1

213

He’s a type of in the box safety that is able to bring pressure to the quarterback and quickly come close to the ball carrier in the running plays. This said I think the Broncos will have to trade up if they really like him but I foresee thatDenverwill be ok entering in 2012 season with the 2011 picks at safety wishing that they’ll take the next step

1st – 2nd

1st – Trade up.

George Iloka

BoiseState

Sr

6-4

225

Big and physical presence in the secondary. Ha has been moved around inBoiseState, playing even CB. Anyhow apart his measurement I can see a guy that is 1 or 2 yeas away before he could play in the NFL on defense. He has problem sometime reading the play. Still has a great upside. He could be one of the few safety, tough at SS not a FS, that the Broncos could be interested in, because he’s 6-4 and could, with time, cover TEs. He could be over drafted based on this. I just hope it won’t beDenverover drafting him.

2nd – 3rd

4th

Matt Daniels

Duke

Sr

6-0

215

Great production in college at Duke. He amassed better number each year he played. He still has room for improvement in my opinion and will do just fine in the special teams in his first year as a pro. He’s a little short for the SS position but likes to hit and creates a lots of turnover. Interesting prospect on which I won’t mind if the Broncos roll the dice with a 7th round pick.

6th – 7th

7th

Janzen Jackson

McNeeseState

Jr

5-11

188

He was dismissed byTennessee. I don’t thinkDenverwill have him on his board. Nevertheless he can play. He’s a good playmaker and I bet that if the right team with the right veteran leadership on defense picks him up….he could end up being the steal of this Draft…..if he’s a capable to stay out of trouble. If he goes undrafted…wellDenvercould think twice about his character concerns…and hopefully bring him to training camp.

4th

FA

Aaron Henry

Wisconsin

rSr

6-0

208

A little bit inconsistent but make some great read at plays from time to time. He is a good tackler but has average speed and range. Again I don’t thinkDenveris gonna draft a S, but if for any chance he’s going undrafted, he’s another player worth consideration. Tough his talent is more than worth a draft pick by another team.

4th – 5th

FA

Tramain Thomas

Arkansas

Sr

6-0

200

Another nice member of a group of mid rounds safeties. He does anything wrong and plays more as a (man in the box and likes to hit. I think he is a nice prospect that initially could find a spot in some team special team and find his way to the starting line up at SS.

5th – 6th

FA

Kelcie McCray

ArkansasState

rSr

6-2

202

He is an interesting player that could play both in the box and in coverage. Has to bulk up to be and effective tackle in the NFL and has to be selected by a team with the right scheme for him to play in. Looks like a keeper that would do what it’s necessary in special team and could develop in a ball hawk down the stretch.

6th

FA

Brandon Hardin

OregonState

Sr

6-3

216

Here is a guy that missed 2011 season for a shoulder injury and that drew a lot of interest by a number of teams during the pre-draft process. He his bigger than a normal DB and probably will slide a bit in the draft because of injury concerns.

6th

FA

Tysyn Hartman

KansasState

rSr

6-3

208

This is a prospect I like a lot as FS ball hawk. If he goes undrafted I hopeDenverreally make a strong push for bringing him to training camp. He has to bulk up a bit and would need a year of grooming but then I think he could really turn some heads and compete seriously for the starting position. He’s tall and read quite well the QB. He could also end up drafted earlier that his projection by a team that need youth depth at S. He’s, IMO, a better prospect than some at head of this class.

6th – 7th

FA

Sean Cattouse

California

Sr

6-2

211

He is a good tackler but he is not really fast. Could be a good body in training camp.

7th

FA

Damien Jackson

Mississippi

Sr

6-2

210

A good sized S with upside. FA candidate for the Broncos.

7th

FA

Charles Mitchell

MississippiState

Sr

5-11

202

He was a leader inMissStateand brings passion for the game. Another guy I would like to see in Training camp battling for a roster spot.

7th – FA

FA

Winston Guy

Kentucky

Sr

6-1

218

He’s an interesting prospect because of his production in college. All-SEC second team is a great accomplishment and I would like to bring this guy to training camp and see which role he could create for himself on the team.

7th – FA

FA

Tony Dye

UCLA

Sr

6-0

201

He’s not really tall but tackles well and bring a lot of intensity into his game. He could play in special teams early on and I think he could have the potential and work ethic to find a spot as a starter down the stretch.

FA

FA

Nick Sukay

PennState

rSr

6-1

211

Not invited to the combine. He finished his junior year in mid-October due to a pectoral injury but still was voted as Big Ten second team. I mean, he played only half of the season and it was worth to be 2nd team. If he’ll go undrafted (basically because injured)Denvershould make him a priority free agent to sign. This said, is still a little bit strange that he wasn’t invite to the combine at least to participate to interviews, but then again, also is a little bit of a gamble by him declaring having a year left of eligibility after suffering a pectoral injury. Head scratch, but as CFA I will gamble on him.

FA

FA

Donyae Coleman

New MexicoState

Sr

5-10

175

He was really productive in 2011 with the Aggies. He recorded more than 130 tackles and had 6 interceptions. Aldo was voted 1st team all- WAC conference. I think he’ll be drafted somewhere around the 5th-6th round, but, as last year happened to Chris Harris, production could be underestimated by teams on draft day. If he’ll be there as CFA, I hope Denver could bring this guy at training camp, because he was productive and a leader at New Mexico State, and I think he’ll play in the NFL.

FA

FA

Sean Baker

BallState

rSr

5-11

210

He’s a nasty old style safety guy. Would love to see him at training camp inDenver.

FA

FA

Harrison Smith

Notre Dame

rSr

6-2

213

I don’t see anything special in him. He’s an average tackles, as average range in the backfield.

2nd – 3rd

No

Antonio Allen

South Carolina

rSr

6-1

210

He’s a in the box safety that des not have yet a good range in pass coverage. Will have to play special teams early in the career.

3rd

No

Markelle Martin

OklahomaState

rSr

6-2

207

He’s a taller but less ball hawk version of Rahim Moore. Has good range deep but some tackling issues. Also he has injury concerns (knee and shoulder). He’s an interesting prospect but the Broncos just spent a 2nd and 4th round picks on S in 2011 Draft.

3rd

No

Trenton Robinson

MichiganState

Sr

5-10

195

A poor man Rahim Moore. Including bad angles and missed tackles. I don’t thinkDenveris interested in drafting S. The Broncos could bring some CFA to training camp, but won’t probably spent a pick on FS position.

3rd – 4th

No

Brandon Taylor

LSU

Sr

5-11

209

He does a good job all around and could have still upside. Still I don’t seeDenvergoing after safeties in this draft (with Barron exception).

4th – 5th

No

Christian Thompson

South CarolinaState

Sr

6-0

211

Nice mid rounds safety. He has good size and has the range too. Could be used at FS or SS. My grade just depends on the fact thatDenveris already loaded with young safeties.

4th – 5th

No

Eddie Pleasant

Oregon

rSr

5-10

211

He does not have the ideal height for a SS and has suspect range for being a FS.

5th

No

Eddie Whitley

Virginia Tech

Sr

6-1

184

He did a fine job in Vtech secondary tough he was not flashy. He shows leadership on the video moving the backfield assignment of his teammates. He’ll be a nice pickup by some team and will have to play well in special teams to earning some more playing time.

5th

No

Duke Ihenacho

San JoseState

rSr

6-0

213

He looks a little light for a SS even though he’s 6-1, 213 lbs. Has to do a better job on angles and shedding the blocks on running plays.

5th – 6th

No

 

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