NFL Draft – 2nd Day Big Board


Here’s the remaining talent from my amateur point of view.

Player

College

Note

League Projection

My Grade (Broncos point of view)

Position

Cordy Glenn

Georgia

He played left tackle at Georgia. Has to get better his footwork in order to become a starter at LT in the NFL. He has the size and power to play guard but he’s not in the same league of De Castro. Has has problem when required to move , does a great job when he just move upright pushing the opponent but the lateral movements are a little bit suspicious. He could be a good RT from week 1 and could develop into a good LT. He has less potential development as a Guard.

1st

1st

OG

Jonathan Martin

Stanford

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

1st

1st

OT

Coby Fleener

Stanford

Fantastic pass catcher and goo blocker. He could be Denver pick at 25.

1st – 2nd

1st

TE

Jerel Worthy

Michigan State

Did nothing bad and has the size the Broncos would look for but is not flashy and dominant enough to justify a 1st round pick by the Broncos.
If he falls to the 2nd round, could be a great addition to the defensive line rotation and eventually developing in the pass rushing DT that Denver need. Still I don’t see him like day 1 rusher, for this reason I would not take him in the 1st round, but some team would think of him. He was a leader MSU defence in his senior year and his a plus value that, as GM,  I won’t pass over.

1st – 2nd

1st

DT

Devon Still

Penn State

Devon Still has a big body. The key on him is that sometimes makes fantastic plays and othertimes he’s been pushed around to easily. Inconsistent, can pressure the Qb, can tackle the RB. His best video is against top opponent Alabama. Fringe 1st round (2nd for the Broncos need).

1st – 2nd

1st

DT

Alshon Jeffery

South Carolina

I personally like a lot his videos. To me he is a complete WR. He does not have the pure speed or the explosion at the beginnign of the play to be a top 5 pick. Be he has all the rest. Plus he’s also willing to block and do it fairy well. He really could be a Denver target becuase he can catch and use his body properly to get to the ball with ot without separation from the CB. I really liked what I saw and although I think Denver has other more dire needs than WR, it is impossible to deny that this guy could be a playmaker for the Broncos even having Thomas and Decker on the field. Denver could select him in the 1st round, but also this guy for an unknown reason is dropping on analysts boards…..if this is happening also to Pro team and he’s still there at 57…Denver won’t need more then 5 seconds to select him.

2nd

1st

WR

Lamar Miller

Miami(Fla.)

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

RB

Courtney Upshaw

Alabama

He is really talented. I’m really impressed by his lateral movement on the LOS and his ability to recognize the play and play with diligence. He’s little bit undersized for a DE (he could be a perfect fit for a 3-4 team as OLB) but he seems powerful and has quickness to rush the passer consistently. He needs to improve his technique, adding movement to his pass rush so that he could shed block from bigger NFL Tackles that for sure will try to take advantage on the size difference. But against he looks smart on the field and he’s a little bit underestimated at this point.

1st – 2nd

1st – 2nd

DE

Brandon Thompson

Clemson

Good reps total in weigh lifting.
Inconsistent player, at time push the pocket well, at time great run stopper. Although being double teamed a lots of times, when 1 on 1 he’s not dominating. Third round talent at DT.

2nd

1st – 2nd

DT

Jared Crick

Nebraska

Is hard not to like the way Jared Crick played in college. He is relentless and has a non-stop motor. He’s good against the run and he’s getting pressure to the QB in a lot of pass plays. Would he be ready to play at 100% in training camp. I think he will. Which position should suit him best in the NFL? His size and power suggest 3-4 DE, and is why he’s listed in the DE chapter. I think he could be a good under tackle for the Broncos and would love if they chose him in the 2nd round if he’s still there. I like him more that almost every other DT option for the Broncos and he could playing any kind of situation forDenver. Denver could even consider him in the 1st round because he could really fit what Denver wants to do next year on defense (Del Rio got Alualu in the top 10 two years ago…).

2nd – 3rd

1st – 2nd

DE

Rueben Randle

LSU

A poor man Brandon marshal again, with less athletic ability. Has also to get more powerfull so that he could brake some tackle and gain some extra yard. He is an effort guy and is capable to get big hits. He could be in Denver list too at 25 but I think decker still has upside and right now is an really good player already and is developing a strong leadership between Denver WRs.

1st – 2nd

2nd

WR

Andre Branch

Clemson

Against VT he kinda dominate the LOS in the second part of the game. It’s a good sign. He was no factor in the first part. Plus he was really pounded around by the left tackle. This is a bad sign for the schemeDenverwill inituially relies on, becauseDenverwill mostly bring pressure to the QB only by DEs. Anyhow If the QB will be obliged to pass a lot, he could be a nice factor at the LOS for what the second half of the game shows. He lack lateral movement and change of direction, that is understandable for a guy of his size. Still looks really slow reacting to the run game, too much to justify a first round pick byDenveron him. AgainstAuburnhe was not a factor against the run again and although he is a lots of time in the backfield he is not making enough plays to the ball. Sometimes he came quick after the snap, other times less. He has great size and strength. If he would be still there whenDenverselect in the 2nd round, he could become a Bronco. my guess is that he won’t be there.

1st – 2nd

2nd

DE

Lavonte David

Nebraska

He’s a little bit undersizad 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 for Denver at the wOLB and could play some ILB in pass defense.

2nd

2nd

OLB

Jamell Fleming

Oklahoma

Solid player. He always looks to be in the play, could recognized what is going on in the field and react quickly. I like his tackling and his awareness. Xcould not be the most flashing corner of the 2012 draft but all in all he is a solid player that is willing to hit and play for the team. What I also liked is that he has been used a lot agaist TE and bigger WRs in college, experience that could be useful in the NFL where Big receiving TEs have become a trend. He would be a great pick for Denver in the 2nd round, thought he won’t be a playmaker soon in his career. If Denver could pick him with the 3rd round pick, it would be awesome!!!

2nd

2nd

CB

Trumaine Johnson

Montana

Fast, big and quick. Sure somebody would suggest to make a FS out of him in the NFL. I would like to see him playing at CB. In my opinion he looks more ready to play that some 1st to 2nd round prospects, he could have less ceiling than Dennard or Gilmore, but I didn’ t see any big mental mistake in his video on the web.Off course he has to improve is strenght and his tackling technicque, but what I liked inhis videos is that he looks better in the second part of the game, making less mistakes and looking like he adjusted his game.I think that if Denver wants to draft a CB to groom between Bailey. he could be the best prospect but probably Denver should use a 2nd round pick on him.

3rd

2nd

CB

Chris Givens

Wake Forest

A Eddie Royal style of receiver. He’s fast and knows hor to run route. He could be useful in Denver.

2nd

2nd – 3rd

WR

Chase Minnifield

Virginia

One think I saw and liked a lot about this prospect is that he could battle WRs blocks and stay and stop the run out of a block. It’s really fantastic the job he did against Georgia Tech against Stephen Hill that looks like twice taller than Minnifield. He had a great game: he tackled really well he was always ready to make a play and never looked off the play. Impressive showing even more because his interception, it was a bad throw by the QB, showed that he could stay there with a speedy receiver as Hill is though to be. He could lack great athleticism but oberall he looks to me as a real solid player that could learn his way and be a good cover corner later in his career. I think he could be a great nickelback in his rookie year and witha couple of year more of development and trick learning, he could be a good cover corner. I don’t know why he slided from a 1st round prospect to 3rd, he plays like a good solid player that could help right away in week one; this to me is being a 1st round pick. If anything, Denver should carefully thinking on this prospect because could be a great player in the future of the Organization.

3rd

2nd – 3rd

CB

Greg Childs

Arkansas

Another really good receiver in this deep draft at the position. He’s a true nº 1 WR that does not show on video elite speed but make it up with awareness, willingness and great routes. He played 2011 not being 100% and this si most probabaly the reason why he wasn’t productive as durin his Junior year. The injury could let him slip in the 3rd round and could let him be one of the steals of the Draft.

3rd

2nd – 3rd

WR

Robert Turbin

UtahState

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

2nd – 3rd

RB

Keenan Robinson

Texas

He has to improve his tackling technique but overall does a jod 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 laterl 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

2nd – 3rd

OLB

Tank Carder

TCU

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 for Denver for the next 10 years being a true leader and a force in the middle.

6th

2nd – 3rd

OLB

Zach Brown

North Carolina

He’s great athlete but the best video on him I saw was the one against Tennessee of 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

OLB

Kendall Reyes

Connecticut

Few videos. I don’t see any special skill apart for his measurement. I don’t like it in the 1st round for Denver. Neither in the 2nd round.

1st – 2nd

3rd

DT

Vinny Curry

Marshall

Good size a relentless motor. Not flashy against to level competition in college. I can’t see the blazing speed the Broncos should look for in a pass rushing DE that could back up decently Dumervil. This is the reason why I think the Broncos could consider Curry only if he falls to the 3rd round

1st-2nd

3rd

DE

Josh Robinson

UCF

Good on tape. Fastest player at the combine. Look also like potential return specialist. Has to bulk up, does not look as agile as Hosley, but just one small step back. Could be used for depth and returner the first year and develop into a starter next year. He Looks like a solid 3rd round pick or even as 2nd, to me.

2nd

3rd

CB

Brandon Boykin

Georgia

His versability will make him a 2nd round pick. Could really be targeted by Denver and could be a finding at CB.

2nd

3rd

CB

Ronnell Lewis

Oklahoma

He played DE at Oklahoma and 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 aldo 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

OLB

Mohamed Sanu

Rutgers

He is a really fearless player that takes a lot of big hits on slant routes. I don’t know if he has the speed to play out routes but he definetely could play the slot position in the NFL.

2nd – 3rd

3rd

WR

Josh Chapman

Alabama

I like him more than professional analysts but I’m projecting him as a good fit for Denver in the 3rd round only because he has injury concerns and Denver would have big depth trouble if he’d go down to an injury. If not for injury concerns  would grade him as late first round pick for the videos I saw. Real solid football player, not flashy but a steady one, with relentless motor….he could develop in an interior force in the NFL.

2nd – 3rd

3rd

DT

Chris Polk

Washington

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

RB

Bernard Pierce

Temple

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

3rd

RB

Sean Spence

Miami (Fla.)

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

3rd

3rd

OLB

Orson Charles

Georgia

He got a DUI after the combine. But anyhow he does a good job both at pass catching and run blocking. I think that even Denver bolstered the TE corps in Free Agency if Charles falls to the 3rd round, Denver would really considered him, if they didn’t erased his name from the board because character issues.

3rd

3rd

TE

Billy Winn

Boise State

He is another prospect that is projected to be a better 3-4 DE than 4-3 DT in the NFL. Still I think that if he falls to the 3rd round he could be a good option a NT for the Broncos. He’s not abusing the backfield like Crick but he is a non-stop motor too and plays well against the run. He’s a good player.

3rd

3rd

DE

Cyrus Gray

TexasA&M

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

RB

Terrell Manning

North Carolina State

He plays bigger than his size. He was used in all the three linebacker positions and in the Louisville video he looks pretty good covering Tes and pass rushing too. He has a complet set of skills IMO but is young and need a little bit of deveopment in every area. But there is no doubt, by his video, that he can play and he can be an important part fo a defense, expecially ina 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

OLB

Jarius Wright

Arkansas

He is a speed receiver that could get it done in the NFL. This receiver class is fabulous…I mean…how many good prospct there are. This gay could play the slot and has the speed to play out. He’s not tall by nay NFL standard but if he could bulk up a bit he could just do the same than Kendall Wright…Incredible.

4th – 5th

3rd

WR

Alfonzo Dennard

Nebraska

Here is a prospect that slided a little bit since the start of the draft evaluation process. In his video I see a flashing, powerful athlete but, as for Gilmore, I think he will have to learn how to play the position in the Pros. I’m referring to the fact that NFL QBs throw the ball much faster and. as bottom line, any plays in the NFL is performed faster than in college. I see, in the videos, that he has been a playmaker in college but he could have a transition period to translate his skills to NFL speed. He will need, to become a NFL playmaker, to groom under some good and experienced CB (Champ Bailey could be a perfect example). I think he could develop into a very good cover corner but as I wrote for Gilmore, if is worth for the Broncos to use a 1st round pick in a player that will contribute in 2013.I don’t think he will be still available when Denver select in the 2nd round, but in this scenario I could really see Denver taking him wi9th his first pick of the second day.

1st-2nd

3rd – 4th

CB

Zebrie Sanders

Florida State

He needs to gain agility to be a LT in the NFL. Also has to improve his awareness because the playsin 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 that Denver is 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 – 4th

OT

Bobby Massie

Mississippi

He’s a good Tackle. He does good job against the run although he’s not a mauler. He’s aldo a goos 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 and Denver would look for more versability. 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 the his general projection (I even see him as a possible late 1st) but because Denver would select him only if he falls into the 3rd round.

2nd – 3rd

3rd – 4th

OT

Mitchell Schwartz

California

This prospect too has to fall a bit during draft day to be too valuable fro Denver to 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 inidcator 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 istantly improve Denver OLine depth

2nd – 3rd

3rd – 4th

OT

Alameda Ta’amu

Washington

I like him a lot, Denver would have to use a 2nd round pick to select him, but dependently what Del Rio wants to do (he is the best 2 gap ready DT the draft IMO) could be worth.

2nd-3rd

3rd – 4th

DT

Nigel Bradham

Florida State

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 consisten. Will probably need one year of experince before to start to make an impact but anyhow has all the skills to become a solid starter at least.

3rd

3rd – 4th

OLB

Demario Davis

Arkansas State

Great bench press record at the combine (32, most of any LB). Showed speed and phisicality at the senior bowl.
Denver could look for speedy LBs that show aldo power and phisicality. 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 enought to add him to the Broncos roster. If Denver likes him enough, a 3rd round pick has to be invested.

3rd

3rd – 4th

OLB

Rishard Matthews

Nevada

A solid built WR that has explosion after the catch and could be a really good player in the slot tough he also has speed to eun out routs.

3rd – 4th

3rd – 4th

WR

Tony Bergstrom

Utah

He has less upside than McVants at Tackle but looks good at Guard and played at Center in Highschool. He could provide this kind of versatility as a backup, early in his career that is what Denver needs. 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

3rd – 4th

OT

*Marcus Forston

Miami (Fla.)

Effort in the weight room while injured. Good sign for a team player.
By film watching he’s more a penetrating DT that anything else. He could be the one gap penatrator that Denver need, but really have to get better versus the run, he has been pushed around consistently against good competition. Could draw consideration as 3rd rounder. His size is just the minimum that Fox used in his tenure in Carolina, so it could count against him on Denver Board.

3rd – 4th

3rd – 4th

DT

Juron Criner

Arizona

He has to improve hi awareness. He has the athletic and physical skills to be a tru nº 1 receiver in the NFL, but drops too much the ball.

3rd – 4th

3rd – 4th

WR

Derek Wolfe

Cincinnati

Is having a great offseason, rising on draft boards.
Higly productive in college, but this kind of productivity that is not easy to translate in pro productivity. Still has a long way to go, he could develop in a greta DT in 2-3 years. Not soon enought for Denver investing a 2nd round pick on him. If he’ll slide to the 4th round, Denver could try to trade up for him, if he’s on the Board.

3rd – 4th

3rd – 4th

DT

Lucas Nix

Pittsburgh

This starts well. On of his photos on Internet is awesome…he is missing some teeth….fantastic Olineman!!!! Moreover he could play at T/G and Center. Sounds even nicer for teams looking for depth at Oline. He looks good both in pass protection and run protection tough he does not excells. He is the kind of underdog prospect that flies under the radar because he’s not considered a sleeper and I really do like his versability. I think that Denver should seriously think about him even already in the 3rd round.

4th

3rd – 4th

OG

Tauren Poole

Tennessee

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

RB

Marvin McNutt

Iowa

Here it goes another B-Marsh to be. I actually like this guy really a lot and would love to see him as third receiver in Denver. He can separate from CB and he’s not afraid to go to the middle. He can be succesful even in slant rout and his solid frame would allow him to be productive also in special teams.

5th

3rd – 4th

WR

Joe Adams

Arkansas

Return specialist and good WR. Denver is aloust in need of a return specialist and this guy could be productive both on offense and in special teams. He has speed, tough not elite speed. He could be the natural replacement for Eddie Royal. I think he’ll go higher than the prodictions even in the 3rd. If Denver would use a 4th round pick on him it would be really one of the best pick of the entire draft.

5th – 6th

3rd – 4th

WR

Matt McCants

UAB

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 aldo 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

OT

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