2014 NFL Draft second and third round Board for the Broncos


This is what IMO Broncos board look like before the 2nd round of the 2014 NFL Draft:

Name Position College Height Weight General Projection My Broncos Grade General scouting notes My Broncos scouting perspective
David Yankey OG Stanford 6’6” 315 1st – 2nd 1st Left Guard this year. He moves well between the lines, is capable to get to the second level of defender as to move on screen passes. In addition he looks to be a closer, staying with his assignment until the play is over. Lacks a bit of explosion at the snap and could cause some trouble at the beginning of his NFL career. The Broncos have a hole at LG at the moment and he could be selected in the 1st round and plugged in on day one. He’ll need to bulk up a bit, since the tendency since Fox took over is to have bigger linemen that could play nasty. His height is exactly what Denver is looking for.
Bradley Roby CB Ohio State 5’11” 194 1st – 2nd 1st Looks smaller than what he measures. Has great speed and acceleration and tackles well. As well as the rest of this corner class looks to be a little undersized for the power and strength of the NFL. Still he’s very aggressive and plays the run very well. Played in a lot of zone scheme and some man to man too. He’s really good and IMO he’s there in the top tier of CB for this draft. If Denver pulls the trigger on him at 31st, I understand, it won’t be a trendy pick but he’s a really good player that will anyhow have a steep curve to learn in his first year as a pro but he has all the tools to be outstanding on Denver scheme.
Louis Nix DT Notre Dame 6’2” 331 1st 1st To me he has been over criticized. He played well also in 2013 but he faced much more double teams to be always effective. I especially liked the video against Michigan where he was a disruptive force through the whole game. If not doubled he was in the backfield. I also don’t think he’s a slam dunk NT, I think he could play the 3-technique in the NFL too. I like him better than Jernigan, maybe because I heard and read about how he wasn’t focused on playing and other stuff that are all a bunch of lie. If he won’t succeed in the NFL will be for other reason, He’s strong and extremely athletic for a guy of his size. I saw him running on the edge of the field to tackle the QB…what about that. If he will be still there at 31st I’d be really happy if the Broncos select him, then again, he is a little undersized to be the tall and big DT the Broncos are probably looking for, would they pull the trigger? Is even he on their board? I’m not that sure.
Cody Latimer WR Indiana 6’3” 215 1st – 2nd 1st Big, strong fast WR that is willing to block and block nasty. Run well Routs, does not have elite quickness but is able to get another gear when hit the open field. Is able to move the chains. Perfect replacement for Decker. I don’t think he could still be there at the end of the 2nd round, so if the Broncos really like him, they’ll have to select him with the 31st pick overall or trade down risking that the Seahawks would select him.
Marqise Lee WR Southern California 6-0 192 1st – 2nd 1st Athletic, elusive but not very explosive. Has great acceleration on open field. Can and is willing to block. Looks to be a team player and a team leader in the making, not selfish. Tough player, can make acrobatic catches in traffic. Has some experience on Kick Off returner. Simply a complete football player and a playmaker. I think some team will select him before 31st. If he still there when Denver select he could be a target, since his talent is really too good to pass up. Still WR is not a deep need for the Broncos and they could pass on Lee to select in the 2nd or 3rd round some other player that would provide depth and probably ST returns.
Joel Bitonio OT Nevada 6’4” 315 1st – 2nd 1st Really quick at the snap, looks nasty in his blocks, great lower body power and balance, anchor well and bend well too. Is capable to bull in the running game and shows power to move away defenders. Denver could target him at 31st, if he’ll be still on the board. He’s a versatile Olineman that could start right away bot at G and at RT for the Broncos, giving value to the 1st round pick. He’s a little undersized (at 6’4”) compared with what the Broncos drafted in high rounds under Elway but he fits the power scheme that Denver uses mostly.
Tre Mason RB Auburn 5’9” 205 2nd 1st – 2nd º He could be a really good complement to Ball. Has more speed than ball and can cover the role that Hillman apparently cannot cover as the change of pace back. Plus can do most of the things Hilman does. He can also block some. No evidence of catching the ball. I’d prefere if he’d be there at the end of the 2nd round as Ball in 2013. Anyhow if the Broncos can drop out of the 1st round and select him with one of the top 10 picks of the second it would be almost as good. I can also live with the Broncos selecting him 31st overall.
Kony Ealy DE Missouri 6’4” 273 1st 1st – 2nd Has great quickness at the snap. Needs to gain more power to better face NFL Guards and Tackles. Read and reacts well to the play and has great athletic abilities that allow him to use properly his body and have quick change of directions that could disorient Olinemen. Looks to get and extra gear when standing at the line of scrimmage probably due to some shoulder pad level issue that will have to be corrected for allowing him reaching his full potential in the 3-4 defense. This is the biggest reason why he would represent a bigger value right now for a 3-4 team that would play him OLB (pass rush specialist). Good running team tent to run far from him and this would indicate offensive coordinator respecting his run defense. I really do think he could be a real impact player right now as pass rush specialist for a 3-4 defense. The broncos could use him a bit as joker, since the number of times he has been used as “sleeper” DE. As 4-3 DE I think he will have to put weight and gain power and strength. I’d think Denver could use a 2nd round pick on him, if they trade down from the 1st round and getting an early 2nd in the process.
Scott Crichton DE Oregon State 6’3” 265 2nd 2nd Powerful, high motor player that don’t give up in any play. Does not have elite quickness and have to learn more pass rushing technique. Has great awareness and a lot of football knowledge. Could become a locker room leader. Hard worker player that could be employed as 4-3 DE. He just misses some quickness and speed for being a very good 1st round selection in my opinion and he won’t be a starter for the Broncos, more of a backup in his rookie season. If he falls to Denver pick in the second round he could be a steal.
Weston Richburg C Colorado State 6’4” 300 2nd 2nd Big Olineman that has great awareness and play nasty both in run protection, where he discloses really good power, and in pass protection where he shows his experience with a really solid footwork. Has some inconsistency issue and sometime looks to be shut down. I have mixed feeling about him. He looks to be an All-Pro waiting to come in some plays and an average player in others. There is not a clear hole in his game but looks inconsistent at times both in pass protection and in run protection. Maybe, if he’ll fall to the end of the third round he could be a valuable pickup and could be taken as C/G backup as a rookie.
Stephon Tuitt DE Notre Dame 6’6” 312 1st – 2nd 2nd Really stout against the run. Looks like a perfect size-weight match for the 3-4 DE. Lack speed and a bit of quickness but has technique, size and power. He’s a really good player but I  think he could play similar to Derek Wolfe in Denver Dline or could even completely converted to DT. He does not show, in the videos I saw, the quickness required to be a consistent inside penetrator, therefor I’d prefer the Broncos to select him if he falls into the 2nd round.
Jimmy Garoppolo QB Eastern Illinois 06-feb 222 2nd 2nd Fast release, good but not great size, great accuracy and arm strength. Can perform in horrible weather. Played a lower level of competition, but he dominated. Great job with his footwork in the pocket, great presence in the pocket, not a natural runner but can try to escape and had good success at his level of competition, not sure if he’ll succeed running in the NFL. He is capable to completely make any sort of throw distributing the ball in every place in the field, a la Peyton Manning. I think that he’ll be selected higher than projected by professional analysts, in the 1st round, around the pick 20th, maybe somebody trade up and pick him just after Manziel will be taken (16th overall?). I really think Elway is taking this guy in consideration and if in any case he’s still there in the middle of the second round, the Broncos will try to move to get him, with or without Osweiler. Garoppolo is really good but raw, a year or two under Manning to get the sense of the speed of the game in the NFL and then he’ll be ready to Bring the Broncos to SBs.
Gabe Jackson OG Mississippi State 6’3” 340 2nd 2nd I like a lot what I saw on his videos, especially the one against LSU. Has a mix of good run block and pass block, just a little shorter player than the ideal but have good power and really good awareness and close out his blocks. He can run to the second level and can anchor at the LOS. Good job staying low against powerful inside pass rusher in pass situation and has the athleticism to move laterally and accelerate on screens. I won’t cry if Denver FO selects him at the backend of the 1st round. With a good training camp he could be the starting LG on week one and progress while playing. Has a lot of potential and could develop in a star.
Trevor Reilly DE – MLB – OLB Utah 6’5” 245 2nd – 3rd 2nd Solid all-around defender that can drop in coverage, pass rush and stop the run. He does everything well. He has great quickness and just sense for the ball. Has high motor and plays hard. Great football knowledge. He will probably be asked to bulk up. Has incredible size – speed ratio and can really become a great NFL player. He fit everything the Broncos are looking for at MLB. His versatility and skills would allow him to play a lot of different position on the field and the Broncos looks to like to mix up things a lot. He has not the exceptional flashed that would make him a top ten pick and have injury concern. If he’ll be on the board at the end of the second round, I hope the Broncos will select him.
Marcus Roberson CB Florida 6’0” 195 2nd 2nd Good solid player that play really physical and is not afraid to stop the ball carrier. Sometimes he overruns the play but all in all he’s really instinctive and looks to be a good cover corner. Lacks, anyhow, elite speed but has quickness that allows him to change direction well. An interesting player for the Broncos that could eventually be still there at the end of the second round because the lack of elite speed. He’s ply the kind of play Del Rio wants, man coverage and physicality.
Kyle Van Noy OLB Brigham Young 6’3” 243 1st – 2nd 2nd 3-4 OLB that could come out of the board earlier that what expected as soon as the end of round one. He has raw athletic abilities has great quickness and speed. Needs to bulk up a bit to gain more power but plays the rush and the run and do not a bad job in coverage. I think he’s one of the most ready 3-4 OLB in the draft class. I have hard time to figure out where the Broncos would play him. He’s a pass reusher, but would need to bulk up a lot and gain a lot of power to play hands down DE. He’s truly agile, quick and fast, he could be a situational pass rusher for the Broncos with no other projection if Denver is planning to keep Von Miller in town. I don’t think he’ll be there at the end of the 2nd round; the only way Denver would get him is with a trade down from the 1st round into the beginning of the 2nd round.
Carlos Hyde RB Ohio State 6’0” 235 2nd 2nd Strong runner that have patience running. Can afford to take some hits and still can running. Gain extra yards after the first contact. Not elusive but has really good acceleration more than pure speed. Great body balance and footwork. Does not have elite speed and is not a downhill threat. No evidence on blocking and catching the football. I honestly think that the Broncos are not looking to the kind of player he is. I guess the Bronco are looking for the downhill threat that could proporcionate a dual threat having Manning at the helm. The kind of quick and fast player they probably thought Hillman was going to be for them. Hyde is not that kind of player, is more a complete runner that can run inside and outsideand is gonna break a lot of tackles but won’t make many defender miss. Still he is very good at it and would make really good things in tandem with Ball.
Jeremiah Attaochu DE – OLB Georgia Tech 6’3” 252 2nd 2nd Pass rush specialist, I didn’t see much of dropping in coverage. He’s explosive and fast at the snap. Has great frame and size, he’s fluid running and he’s also powerful. I think some teams could have a 1st round grade on him. From a Broncos point of view he’s a DE. He needs to become a little heavier but he has all the skills to be successful there. He could be a Von Miller type of player in passing game too and could be coached to drop in coverage too since he has the athletic ability to do it, if he’s succeed he could be developed in a 4-3 SOLB too. I don’t know if he’ll be there at the end of the 2nd round, I think that the Broncos could have a high second round on him and could target him if they trade down from the 1st round or if they trade up in the second, which I won’t like that much.
Cyrus Kouandjio OT Alabama 6’5” 310 1st – 2nd 2nd Big defensive lineman that have an impressive look. Have a good footwork for a player of his size, I would like to see a disruptive power and strength out of his body that I cannot see, sometimes it looks like he’s dancing on the ice and I translated it into doing a better job in anchoring and bending in pass protection. I can better see his power in the running game where he looks disruptive at times pulling away his opponents and pancake him. He has to do a better job finishing his block. I think that he could play RT in the NFL or even be moved inside to the G position. In Denver scheme he could become a reliable RT, with some work, pulling well in the running game or he could be moved directly inside to LG keeping Franklin at RT.  But by no means I’m thinking Denver should use the 31st pick on him, only if he’ll be still there in the second round.
Billy Turner OT North Dakota State 6’5” 315 2nd – 3rd 2nd Mobile big Olineman that looks to have the power to block in the running game and the footwork to dance in the pass protection. Could have even better potential because he played in a smaller college (even if North Dakota State is no a no name anymore. He does everything well lack just elite explosion. I think he could be plug in at RT or G and he could end doing a fine job in year 1 and develop in a really good player by the end of his first Pro Contract if in the right situation with a great Oline coach as the Broncos have and experienced Oline. He would probably be a great fit.
Devonta Freeman RB Florida State 5’08” 206 3rd – 4th 2nd – 3rd Dynamic playmaker that hit the hole really hard and has really good acceleration. Has some really good lateral movement and looks to be one cut downhill runner. Lack ideal size and could struggle because of this. Look willing to block and do a decent job against the college top challenge in that category (one of the best blocker i saw in this class up to now). Will need to bulk up especially is lower body. He’s the prototypical change of pace runner. Really interesting prospect for the Broncos and surely the took a deep look at him. He’s an undersized prospect that play physical and do a good job at blocking, when asked too. He also plays hard and has good speed and better than good quickness. His acceleration allow him to be a dangeroud player once he get to the open field. I think the Broncos could look for him between the second and the third round, given that they draft at the end of each round. To get him around where they got Hillman would be perfect.
James Gayle DE Virginia Tech 6′ 4” 255 4th 2nd – 3rd Productive player that knows how to create havoc in the backfield both against the pass and run Need to bulk up and get stronger for the next level but shows to be a good football player. Does not show elite speed strength or acceleration and for this reason could slide in the draft but he could develop in a really reliable 4-3 defensive end or 3-4 OLB. If the broncos are looking for a 4-3 DE that knows how to get to the QB, I guess Gayle could fit the bill.  In the case he’d fit the character profile Denver is looking for I think that the Broncos would have to get him late between the late second and the late 3rd round, because all the underclassman that declared for this draft. In a normal year he could have end up in discussion for a late 1st rounder with good performance at the Combine.
Trent Murphy DE Stanford 6’6” 261 2nd – 3rd 2nd – 3rd Powerful player with really good size. Could be best suited for playing 3-4 DE but shows in tape that he has the quickness and the power to be a really good 4-3 RDE and been a nickel DT on pass situation. He has the body frame to come in and give some rotation to the starter and being developed a bit will be a really good starter in the right situation. I like him and what he could bring to the table for the Broncos on terms of Depth. He’s a more explosive option that Malik Jackson when Jackson came out of Tennessee. I think that he could be worth the Broncos 2nd round pick, will be a steal for Denver in the 3rd round.
Yawin Smallwood ILB Connecticut 6′ 2” 243 3rd 2nd – 3rd Does a good job reading and reacting to the play. Has really good awareness. Lacks elite speed ad explosion after the snap. Has good tackling technique. Really good size and really good athlete Interesting player that has good size but will have to bulk up. He has the capability to develop in a really good 3 downs NFL MLB. He plays really well against the run and shows capability in coverage.
Christian Jones ILB Florida State 6’3” 232 4th 2nd – 3rd Versatility. Good pass rusher in college that has really great instinct and really first step out of the snap. His best asset is that he reacts really quickly to the play and is able to position himself to be able to make a play. Needs to bulk up and gain more power to be able to disengage blocks in the NFL. In the video I saw I see little evidence of dropping in coverage and the lack of experience in that area could be a concern. Really good prospect that could be more suited for 3-4 OLB that for 4-3. Anyhow he display a great asset of abilities and overall the capability to read and react fast to the play. If the Broncos are interested in a versatile LB I think a late 2nd round pick will have to be used for him. He needs to be used for his strength at the beginning of his PRO career while he’s being developed.
Jarvis Landry WR LSU 6-0 205 3rd 2nd – 3rd Kind of receiver that catch everything thrown in his direction. Has speed and great acceleration, knows how to get open, block some but has to to a far better job in this category. He run really good routs. He has so-so size but plays bigger than that. A prospect that in actually underrated. IMO he should not get to the Broncos 63rd pick overall. But of course with all the talent on the board he could slide. If he’d be ther at the bottom of the third round, his talent is just too good to pass up id the Broncos didn’t pick any WR yet. The only knock on him at being a 1st round pick is the blocking willingness and the explosiveness, Beckham Jr has more of both.
Brent Urban DE Virginia 6’7” 295 5th 3rd He looks to have room to add muscles and power and have enough quickness to develop in a solid all-around D-lineman. Plus his exceptional result tipping passes in 2013 shows his athletic capabilities.  If he blow out at the combine, then he could really climb up and a 3rd round pick could not be enough. Impressive. Tall and lean player that looks like the kind of tweener the Broncos like to field at DE. Before the combine, I think this kid is really underestimated, he has been less productive than Wolfe at the collegiate level but I can see the Broncos having him as high as low 2nd rounder.
Josh Mauro DE Stanford 6’6” 282 4th 3rd Prototypical 3-4 DE/Guard. Has really good leverage a great mobility for a man of his size. Has great awareness and is always paying attention to the ball. Does a great job occupying blockers but could develop a better technic for disengaging from OLinemen. Has some quickness but lack top-end speed to be converted in pass-rush specialist in the NFL but could be developed in a great DE that set the edge in running plays and that could “sleep” and break trick offensive plays. Derek Wolfe looked to be much more productive through his college career. Mauro to me looks really similar, although Wolfe looked more hungry and was more disruptive in the back-field. Still Denver could use a 3rd round pick on Mauro as a security belt against Wolfe injury because I think Mauro could be a similar player for the Broncos.
Kareem Martin DE North Carolina 6’5” 265 2nd 3rd Good prospect. Has the instinct of the outside pass rusher and has the size to bulk up and gain power which he’ll need to beat in the bull rush NFL Olinemen. Needs to work in hands technique to add some movements to his repertoire. All in all a productive player that could be develop in a tweener DE/DT in the NFL. Has the ability to get to the backfield that should not be overlooked. He’s another interesting player for the Broncos in my opinion. Mauro could be the “Wolfe” insurance belt and Martin could play the Phillips role, more edge rusher that is able to create havoc and don’t allow the QB to escape laterally. He needs to develop a better game against the run and for this reason I don’t see the Broncos using a 2nd round pick, a third rounder has been used by Denver FO in each of these past 3 years to draft players that have been developed for a year or two.
Marcus Martin C Southern California 6’3” 310 2nd – 3rd 3rd Needs to do a better job finishing his block, too many times his assignment is free to follow the play and make the tackle. Powerful and athletic, needs to do more consistent job with his footwork. He is mobile and has power to get to the second level of defenders. Has good awareness. All in all a good prospect that could use one year to sit and adapt to the speed and power of NFL Dlinemen. Denver could use its late 3rd round on him because I think he could play at G too, even if even there he’d need to learn and develop for a year. I’m not sure he’ll be on the board still in the 4th round, it could be depending on which position is sliding in the draft, a run at CB and WR could “help” the Broncos cause and let interior linemen to slide.
Lamarcus Joyner CB Florida State 5’8” 184 2nd 3rd Smaller type of CB that played mixed zone man coverage in 2013 mainly on the slot WR. He plays physical and is really aggressive. He’s a playmaker and causes a lot of turnover, always knowing where the ball is because his knowledge of the game. Does not have elite speed but run smoothly and can turn the corner and change direction quickly. I like a lot what I see in his videos only his size concern me together with the fact that I didn’t see him playing outside that much. His ability to cover the slot receiver is really interesting and being a turnover machine will help him a lot on draft day but personnel wise I would like the Broncos having a 3rd round grade on him, Webster could play the nickel and Carter too, the Broncos look deep there meanwhile I guess is more the case to find a cover corner to develop for a year or two.
Antonio Richardson OT Tennessee 6’6” 327 3rd – 4th 3rd Big Olineman that has good power and can move the pile in the running game. Has good footwork for a man of his size but can get better. Lack quickness at the snap and can have problem with speedy rusher, will need to bulk up a bit. An interesting Olineman that has the size and the power to play both G and RT for the Broncos. Has enough footwork to become a reliable RT soon in his career.
Cameron Fleming OT Stanford 6’5” 323 2nd 3rd He does everything well at RT. Has the frame and the power to play also G. Moves quite well in the screen game, bend well his knees, does fine job with his footwork but he can still improve that area. Not particularly quick and powerful. Interesting Olineman that could be used at RT and G in training camp and hopefully he could end up being ready to start in week one or be a really good backup. I think the Broncos have the opportunity to find a surefire starting Olineman in the first two rounds, if he’d be there in the 3rd he could have good value if the Broncos failed to add a lineman before.
Jeremy Hill RB LSU 6’1” 235 2nd 3rd He has some really good burnst and can accelerate in traffic. Hits the hole hard. Sometime gets impatient with the play. No sign of blocking skills. Little, although good, signs of ball catching ability. All in all a player similar to Montee Ball in his running style. Has some more acceleration and burnst than Ball. Has really good size and room to add mucles. Powerful player that could interest the Broncos only if he slides because I think that Denver is set with Ball as plodder and is looking a flashing runner to add to the roster to compete with Hillman. Hill is more a Ball clone, although is abilities are off the chart.
*Paul Richardson WR Colorado 6’1” 172 2nd – 3rd 3rd If he would have played for a better team of for a SEC or ACC team he’d be penciled as 1st round talent. There is no evidence of his blocking ability, but he is super quick, has tons of speed, runs really good routes and knows how to get open. Has great athletic ability and can make acrobatic catches, was extra productive on a offense that didn’t have any other real weapon. Regardless his blocking ability, if, in any case he would be still on the board at the end of the third round I hope the Broncos would select him, he will be really good in the NFL, especially with a Nº1 WR as DeMaryious Thomas and a TE as Julius Thomas to be counted on for the defense too (opps…and Welker as Slot receiver)…
Martavis Bryant WR Clemson 6’4” 200 2nd – 3rd 3rd Tall WR with some drop issue but that comes up big in big games. Has rare athleticism and speed for a guy of his side, uncatchable when in open field, run good routs and can block some, even if his effort in blocking has to be way better and bigger in the NFL. Can create immense mismatches in the NFL with his mix of size and speed. He could be a poor man DeMaryious Thomas and a god insurance bet in case of injury. This is the reason why I only have a 3rd grade on him in my Broncos perspective.
Bruce Ellington WR – ST South Carolina 5’9” 197 2nd – 3rd 3rd Smaller type of receiver that excells also in the returning game. He’s quick has great body balance and he’s higly elusive. Has speed and he’s really athletic. Former fotball and basketball star at South Carolina. Interesting blend of receiving anf returning skills. He could end up being the main return man for the Broncos as rookie while studying from Wes Welker the slot position and how to block some. Then take over in in second season.
Donte Moncrief WR Ole Miss 6’2” 221 2nd – 3rd 3rd Really good routes runner. Has good size not great but he’s big and he is fast. Good and willing blocker. Denver met with him. I think that with all the talent at WR there are chances that he could be still there in the 3rd round. He is exactly what the Broncos miss at WR another fast routes runner that has size, like Decker was.
Kevin Norwood WR Alabama 6’2” 198 3rd – 4th 3rd Reliable WR that lack elite elusiveness but is a sure catcher and reliable routes runner that make incredible acrobatic catches. High Motor guy, if it’s possible to use it for a WR. He can and is willing to block, looks to be the opposite of a primadonna and make plays all over the field. Not the fastest WR but the one that is always making the catch. Love him. There is no one thing on his video that Payton Manning would not love. He has good enough size and speed and know how to get open.
Dri Archer WR – ST – RB Kent State 5’8” 173 3rd 3rd Big Play player. He can create a big play out of nothing being a WR, RB or Special Team returner. He has elite elusiveness and agility, incredible athletic abilities and speed to get open down the field. Does not lack quickness to become really good slot receiver. Plus his elusiveness and acceleration capability and body balance make him a top returner in this draft. The Broncos need e change of pace back and a special team returner. I understand that there is no evidence of his blocking skills, but he is an electric runner as a running back, one of the top prospect as returner and a very good WR. Given him the time to develop as WR as the Broncos conceive the position (timing and blocking) he could be a big play at the RB and ST position in his rookie year and be ultra productive for the team. I think he would add another dimension to an offense that is already between the best if not the best of the NFL.
Stanley Jean-Baptiste CB Nebraska 6’2” 220 2nd – 3rd 3rd – 4th Stout against the run, quite fluid in his movement has great size and cover really well in the short mod throw range. Will have Trouble covering deep in the NFL because at least in his videos, does not showcase the speed and acceleration to stay with NFL fast deep threat WRs. Has to get a better tackling technique, he relied a bit on his size in college. Again a big and athletic CB that lack the elite speed to be able to cover speedy NFL WRs. He could be a great pick for the Broncos because he could end up the best option to cover Tight Ends.
Jaylen Watkins CB – FS Florida 6’0” 194 3rd 3rd – 4th He’s more a FS than a pure CB. He has great awareness and great anticipation. He’s quick at the point of attack and makes the best out of hit, being able to deliver some serious hits. Still has to get better tackling technique, use too much the shoulder to help himself. Lack elite game speed and looks smaller than his measurement. Will need to adapt to the speed and the power of the NFL, after one year of development he could battle Moore for the starting position at FS. I believe the Broncos will go after a potentially good FS in the draft and Watkins has the potential to become a great ball hawk in the deep backfield.
DaQuan Jones DT Penn State 6’4” 322 2nd 3rd – 4th Big and powerful Dlineman. Lacks explosion and quickness at the snap, could occasionally get to the passer but have his best plays against the run. It’s difficult to move him for Olinemen, strong has enough agility to move very well laterally for a guy of his size. He could be what the Broncos are looking for at DT, but lack quickness and explosion to be consistently a factor in the pass rush. A 3rd round pick is the maximum IMO.
Deandre Coleman DT California 6’5” 314 5th 3rd – 4th Big powerful Dlineman that plays really well against the run and can create occasional pressure in the passing game. Lacks elite explosiveness and quickness to be a factor in the pass rushing game but has raw power and has beat double teams to make stops against the run. In this case he is a pure run stopper. I don’t believe he’ll last until the 5th round because the lack of size in this year DT class. The Broncos to select him will have probably to spend the 3rd round pick or will have to trade up at the beginning of the 4th because teams that use 3-4 defense will start the 3rd day with the pressing need to find the last few run stopper to put out there. He’s not finished product but in one year could be effective if well coached.
Dion Bailey FS Southern California 6’0” 200 3rd – 4th 3rd – 4th Athletic, has great body balance and great awareness. Really good in run support, is fearless in tackling and is fast to come in the box and make the play. Does have to tackle better in open field. Does not have blazing speed or quickness. Played more added corner or safety in the middle field that can come in run support. Could be a SS in the NFL. This is in interesting prospect for the Broncos that use a lot of Nickel defense where they add a DB in the field is place of a LB (the MLB if Von Miller is playing). Bailey is a former LB converted to S in 2013 that has enough range for covering the middle field and has the LB instinct to tackle in the box and in the perimeter.
Kenny Ladler FS Vanderbilt 6’0” 205 4th – 5th 3rd – 4th Really athletic and with some explosion prospect. Used to play deep and is able to read and react to the play. Lac elite explosion and aggressiveness but has really good awareness and understands the game. Has to do a better job tackling in open field and with his body balance in those occasions. I like what I saw from him. He’s the second best pure FS that I saw until now after Prior. He does not have the explosion and the aggressiveness Prior has but is really rangy and knows how to read and react fast to plays. He has to develop a better tackle technique in open field that is what Moore was lacking when coming out if college and learned to do. As last year Denver could try to take him out of the board at the end of the second day of the draft.
Chris Borland ILB Wisconsin 5′ 11” 246 2nd – 3rd 3rd – 4th He has great instinct for the play. He’s stout and powerful for the NCAA, although his size in the NFL could be a real concern. Still he has really good tackling technique and has a great closing speed. He looks to be a leader on the field that is able to organize the defense. I like this prospect but I think that the broncos would like someone with bigger size. He’s flashy and made a lot of plays in the NCAA but because of his size his production in the Pros could be really affected.
Shayne Skov ILB Stanford 6’2” 245 3rd – 4th 3rd – 4th He has good size but really struggle disengaging blocks from bigger Olinemen. Does a good job tacking good tackling angles. Not the flashiest player at the position in this pool of prospects. Played against top competition in college. Needs to gain strength and power for battling on the line of scrimmage in the NFL. Displays great awareness and effort. I guess the Broncos are targeting him regardless what I do think. My question is are they willing to use a 2nd round pick on him (that would be a stretch) or a 3rd round pick (could be that a couple of others teams selecting before the Broncos could consider Skov too, so it’s not 100% sure he’d be there in the 3rd when Denver will select)? I hope they’re targeting him at the end of the third round. He’s an effort guy, no doubt about it, and has a lot of football knowledge and good size for the position. Unfortunately he does not have explosion after the snap that in today NFL is required for being successful at 4-3 MLB. Could he succeed without that? He did in college, it could be really complicated in the PROs but with his efforts and work ethic and a team that believe in him, I think he could do that. Would Denver have patience in a win now mode?
Brandon Thomas OG Clemson 6’3” 315 2nd – 3rd 3rd – 4th Has experience at LT too. Good Prospect that will have to gain lower body power to be an effective G in the NFL. Has to become more athletic and less lethargic in pass protection, does well his steps but then sometimes he’s not aware enough to be as quick as it takes to block his assignment. Thomas is a prospect that will need development, both physical and on his game. Cannot be counted in as a week one starter. I’d prefer if Broncos FO would select him if he occasionally falls into the 4th round.
Dakota Dozier OG Furman 6’3” 302 3rd 3rd – 4th Not that many videos on him playing in internet. He played T in college but will play guard in the NFL. He looks to be a responsible kid that has the size and potential to develop in a reliable starter at G. Has to gain more power but has the frame to put on some more muscles, looks to play 100% every snap and has quickness. Looks to be a motivated man and it’s a plus. I think he’ll need a year or two to develop in a starter so I’d prefer the Broncos, if interested, to look at him in the 4th round. But selecting 93rd overall is already almost a compensatory pick so if Broncos FO like him and don’t want to lose him the 93rd pick sounds ok to me.
Telvin Smith OLB Florida State 6’3” 218 3rd – 4th 3rd – 4th Tall but undersized coverage LB. He has the body of a DB and the height of a LB. His speed is something in between and is very athletic and rangy. Could play WOLB in 4-3 defense or WILB in the 3-4. Can be used for flashy blitzes. I like a lot his videos; especially the one against Clemson in 2013 is really interesting. He looks heavier than his measurement, plays nasty and is fearless in tackling and in traffic. Will need a bit to get use to NFL speed but if he’s able to catch up he could become an awesome WOLB in the 4.3 scheme Denver uses or also MLB in nickel situations. His weight at the moment is the reason why I have him graded in middle rounds and also the feeling that he has to slide on draft day for Denver be looking at adding depth to OLB.
James Hurst OT North Carolina 6’6” 305 4th 3rd – 4th He has good strength and good footwork. Has quickness to get to the second level of defenders and pull the opponent in the running game. Is not too fluid in his movements. All in all a prospect that brings some skills to the Oline. He’s a good option at RT or G for the Broncos.
Davante Adams WR Fresno State 6’1” 212 2nd – 3rd 3rd – 4th Good size, thought not great, good speed and very good acceleration. Great routs runner. Can block and do it well. All in all not too impressed. I think thta with the talent at WR, he’s a bit overrated, in another draft he could surely be a 2nd rounder, this year he’ll slide, IMO. From a Broncos point of view he’s a great rout runner and find ways to break coverage in the vertical game. He blocks well. Didn’t see him in crossing routs at all. I think that he would surely be a really good addition to the roster, but not in the second round and probably some 2nd round grade will fall into the bottom of the third round.
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