2017 NFL draft – my Broncos projection for consensus 1st rounders


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this is my pesonal Broncos projection and analysis on the consensus 1st rounders. Have fun and let’s start the talk!

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Myles Garrett DE 1 Texas A&M Jr 6’4” 268 1st
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Has some serious speed and acceleration and some quickness (although not super flashy) at the snap. Shows great power and lower body strength in bull rush and very good speed rush skills. Not really fluid while running in open field. Looks to have room for gaining weight, strength and power especially on the upper body. Not the quickliest first steps for a top 5 pick. 1st I think that he does not looks to be as a surefire first pick overall and even a top five pick all in all. Will have to develop his body and his way of playing to be consistently effective in the Pros.
I think he could be a situational pass rusher as a rookie in both 4-3 and 3-4 schemes and after bulking up and becoming more powerful he might have better potential as 3-4 DE. Still a top 16 pick in a talented draft might be one of the top picks in this draft that might lack top end talent.
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Jonathan Allen DT 1 Alabama Sr 6’3” 291 1st
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Strong and aggressive, plays really physically and keep his motor running. Has some quickness in his first steps but lacks ideal height. Double teamed in college will have to learn to stay low and use his burst to be a consistent penetrator in the Pros. Shows strength and power to play at the next level as a starter in day one. 1st – top 10 He might be the best Dlineman prospect for team running the 3-4 scheme. He’s quickness ante the snap, power and strength could let him play as DE or NT. I think he could have less potential than Garrett but is much more ready to play right away in the pros and could enjoy having a surprising producing year as a rookie since probably he will face less double teaming than in college. Solid top 10 pick.
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Solomon Thomas DE 2 Stanford rSo 6’2” 275 1st
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Lack a bit of height to the ideal size, will need to learn to place his hands better in order to take leverage against Olinemen.  Has very good power and strength combined with great lateral movement. Has some quickness especially in delayed rushes and plays hard with good motor. 1st To me is more of a Dlineman than an edge, even though he has some quickness that could let him become also an edge rusher in the 4-3 scheme. His strength and lateral movement could make him a very good defender in the NFL if he could overcome his lack of size that could make him a liability against bigger and more powerful Olinemen in the Pros. Still a very good 1st rounder.
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Malik Hooker FS 1 Ohio State rSo 6’2” 205 1st
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Great size, very good range playing as deep S. Inconsistent at times with his tackling angles. Little bit more confused when playing underneath: has some tendency in overrun a bit the play and misplaces his position on the field.  Rumors reports that he had surgeries and will not be ready to work out before the draft will come. 1st Only one year starter that made the most out of it, played hard showed great instinct as ball hawk and plays physical against the run. At times overrun the play but good coaching might help in that regard. I’m not concerned about his surgeries because the same rumors that report that he won’t be able to work out before that draft they also inform that he played part of the 2016 season with those injuries, and he played well against Michigan and Clemson, showing, if nothing, toughness. If he’s there at 20th overall and the Broncos doctors gave the green light he might have too much talent to be passed even though the Broncos drafted 2 safeties last year. He could become an elite FS in the NFL, given the time to adjust to the power and the speed of the game.
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Dalvin Cook RB 1 Florida State Jr 5’11” 206 1st
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Very fast runner that has homerun speed when hits the open field. Could be more patient when receiving the snap, when the hole is not there could do a better job grinding out another way to get some yards. Has some goods receiving skills and his speed could be used as a big weapon in the passing game. Still has to get better in his body placement as a receiver out of the backfield. Very elusive, has the speed to make several guy miss the tackles. Not a tackles breaker. Unstoppable on open field. 1st There is no doubt that he could become a very special player in the NFL, but for that to happening he’ll need to end up on a NFL team that has a good Oline unit that will be able to open some holes that he’ll hit fast and once on the second level he will find a way to make defender miss tackles. Behind the Broncos 2016 Oline he would have been a total bust. How good will Denver Oline be in 2017? I won’t draft him in the 1st round if I don’t think I’m able to open some home for him, not because he does not have elite talent, which he does have, but because his talent in nowadays NFL is not usable if not combined with some good Oline play. He also will have to get better as a blocker and as a pass catcher. If the Broncos could improve their Oline in FA and he’ll be there at 20th overall (between the two the latter is the less probable to happen) they can think on take him. I just think he’s not worth to trade up for because of Denver poor Oline. He won’t be there at 20th overall and if, the Broncos could be very interested on trading down because some team could offer a lot to get him.
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Jamal Adams SS 1 LSU Jr 6’0” 211 1st
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Superfast and athletic, looks a bit smaller than his measurement. Looks to be always around the ball and plays often reading the QB eyes. Has very good football instinct and hits hard in run support. Does not look to have room to bulk up 1st I don’t think the Broncos will look for a S, but a new HC in town there is no such thing as job security. This said I think Adams plays like a true 1st rounder (thought top ten pick is a bit too much) but I have doubt on his size and his ability to take the toll in the NFL from the day 1. He might have the speed and the change direction and all the athletic ability but S is a physical demanding position in the NFL and he might need to wait a bit, backing up and play as gunner in ST for then taking over with a more NFL ready body. In this scenario he might become the new TJ Ward, which was selected in the second round with great instinct and able to make plays. If he’ll fall to 20th overall he might be too good to be passed up even if the Broncos are loaded at the moment at the position.
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Reuben Foster ILB 1 Alabama Sr 6’1” 236 1st
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Fast and athletic linebacker. Really quick in reading the play and reacting to it. Has the skills to be side to side LB in the NFL. Will need to bulk up a bit in order to be able to absorb the hits and tackles in the Pros. Will also need to become more powerful. 1st – top 20 It’s always complicate to evaluate film on Alabama’s prospects because it’s not easy to understand if a success of one of the players is due to his skills or to the skills of the others players around him. Was Foster very good against the run because of his fast read and reaction and his football instinct or because he was playing a mountain of a DLine for the college ranks? Was he good in his side to side hustle because of his athletic skills or because disruption at the LOS obliged opponent QBs to take more time before to throw the ball to the RB? Inaccuracy and not being good at targets reading was the reason why he wasn’t challenged that much in passing coverage or the latter hasn’t happened because he was a strength in that regard? In my opinion since he looks to be very good in run stopping, he looks to be very good in covering the RB and screens plays and looks to be one of the flawless coverage LB in his class, he deserve to be a top 15 pick. He lacks the ideal size and maybe even power and therefore I would not say he’d be a lock at top 10 selection in a most elite talented draft. But this draft lacks of this top end prospects and so he could be chosen in the top 10. If he’d be still on the board coming pick 20th, the Broncos will select him (barring character concerns or injury reports that are not disclosed just before the combine). He could really compete with Todd Davis by day one and has the potential to become one of the best ILB in the NFL playing in the Denver Broncos 3-4 all aggressive scheme.
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Mike Williams WR 1 Clemson rJr 6’3” 225 1st
My general Notes My Broncos Grade My Broncos Projection
Tall and super athletic, played basketball and shows a lot of body-control. Does not run very complicated routs and block some but could not hold the opponent for much. Has rare speed for a player of his size and knows how to use his body to defend the ball and to get the catch. Had some drops. No Quite difficult prospect to evaluate with a Broncos point of view. As a prospect he should be a 1st rounder, in top end talent populated drafts he should be selected around pick 20 and the end of round one. Too much potential to pass up when selecting with those picks. IMO he does not showcase elite talents to be a top ten pick, which easily he’ll be in this 2017 draft, because although the potential, he is not as dominant as he could be and he eclipse himself at time. Plus, could he run more difficult routs to break free from sneaky NFL CBs? Can he block steadily on CB and/or S? I would not want the Broncos to trade up for him and I would have hard time to understand Broncos FO using the 20th overall pick on him. If he’d be there I would prefer the Broncos to trade down if any other higher ranked prospect on their board is available. So my grade is: No, although I think that in the right situation Mike Williams could become a dangerous weapon.
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Leonard Fournette RB 2 LSU Jr 6’1” 230 1st
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Has great size for a RB and a very fluid run style. For a big runner as him, he has pretty shifty moves and lots of quickness in getting the second gear. Has good patience at the LOS for find a hole to hit. Has problems when no hole is there and cannot find where it could come, gets stuck and could generate negative yardage trying to escape coming defenders. Very dangerous after hitting the hole having remarkable speed for his size bit also knows how to use his body to break tackles and more important has great body balance. Has injury concerns, especially with his ankles. Can be a liability in blocking in the NFL. Has good pass catching skills out of the backfield. 1st He reminds me of a much bigger and a bit faster CJ Anderson and of a more talented Booker. I think Denver is looking for a fast, quick and shifty running back to complement Anderson and Booker. He’d add more talent in the same categories that are already sufficiently covered by Anderson and Booker. He has 1st round talent but between the injury concerns and the depth at his skills I think that the Broncos might have others players rated ahead of him. I wouldn’t want them to trade up for him. Would he be there at 20h overall (improbable) they should seriously think at selecting him, depending who else is available too.
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Marshon Lattimore CB 1 Ohio State rSo 6’0” 195 1st
My general Notes My Broncos Grade My Broncos Projection
Good size, thought not great. Really fast and quick in reacting to plays and very good in run support. Still has to improve in shedding blocks and is not as physical as he could be at being 6’0” corner and around 200 pounds. Looks to be very good in man coverage although suffered at times with bigger and taller WR in college. 1st – Top 10 I think Denver is looking for another talented corner to be added to the roster, so I won’t be shocked if Broncos FO would select a CB in the first round. This said Lattimore is penciled, in the pre-combine process, as the best CB prospect of the 2017, so is quite improbable he’d be available at 20th. He plays at times less physical than what Denver usually looks for, he’s more a finesse CB with great talent and good potential too. Nevertheless I do see him be the most complete CB in this class with great athletic skills and coverage and also able to be resolute coming up in run defense.
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O.J. Howard TE 1 Alabama Sr 6’6” 249 1st
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Incredible size. Great athleticism for a guy that tall. Good strength and very good play execution. Very good blocker in the running game and in the passing game. Looks to continue and finish his block even if the play is developing far from his field position. Looks to have a real sense on his assignment with line movements and routs. Has goods hands. Looks to have room to bulk up and get even stronger. Has good quickness and turn the corner quite well for his size. Complete package at TE. 1st – top 10 I think the Broncos will have him really high and will have to trade up to select him. He’s so talented and still has so much potential as NFL 3 downs TE that could be one of the 5 best prospects in the 2017 Draft. Does a TE go in the top 5? Usually not. Could he? Yes. The Broncos desperately need to find a real three down TE that could be a reliable target on critical downs: on third downs and in the end zone. But also he would provide great help at blocking both at LOS and lines up as eligible receiver. TE is not a sexy position to select in the top 10 but he’s a top five and fit also one of the biggest need for the Broncos. Hauerman and Darby are still projects and Green looks to me as a very reliable nº2 TE but lacks something to be a true nº1. Howard looks to have everything to be a true nº1 from day 1.
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Mitch Trubisky QB 1 North Carolina rJr 6’3” 220 1st
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Athletic and explosive when performing returns. Really fast in read and react at the LOS, very good instinct and play at the LOS and un run support. Has to do a better job in coverage. Has a good size but need to get stronger for delivery or absorbing hits in the NFL. 2nd – 3rd I think that he has to learn to be better in coverage, also does not look to have blazing and lateral speed. He run fast and looks to be explosive and he’s really shifty that makes him a really good returner specialist. I didn’t see enough of him as a S to think he could be a good option for the Broncos at 20th overall. In the second round he could be really useful for the Broncos, primarily as a returner and by time and work he may develop in a good S.
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Jabrill Peppers SS 2 Michigan rSo 6’0” 205 1st
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Athletic and explosive when performing returns. Really fast in read and react at the LOS, very good instinct and play at the LOS and un run support. Has to do a better job in coverage. Has a good size but need to get stronger for delivery or absorbing hits in the NFL. 2nd I think that he has to learn to be better in coverage, also does not look to have blazing and lateral speed. He run fast and looks to be explosive and he’s really shifty that makes him a really good returner specialist. I didn’t see enough of him as a S to think he could be a good option for the Broncos at 20th overall. In the second round he could be really useful for the Broncos, primarily as a returner and by time and work he may develop in a good S.
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Ryan Ramczyk OT 1 Wisconsin rJr 6’5” 314 1st
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He has good size for modern T in the NFL and looks to take good blocking angles. Lacks elite strength and power, could anchor better and use better his hands. Looks to be a better pass protector than a run mauler. 3rd He has some question to answer about why transferring from college to college so many times. Apart that he’s not a finished product, he will have to become stronger and more powerful, gaining drive and will have to be more consistent in the running game. Even thought the Broncos, pre FA edition, have a major need in upgrade theirs OLine, I don0t think he should be picked in the first round. In the second he’ll be a very good pick, still I don’t see him ready to start right away in the NFL. 14th February UPDATE: he had hip surgery and won’t be able to work out. I downgrade his Broncos value to 3rd round because of the injury concerns.
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Teez Tabor CB 2 Florida Jr 6’0” 201 1st
My general Notes My Broncos Grade My Broncos Projection
He has good size and elite athleticism. Looks to have the speed to go with number 1 receivers and the change direction skills and instinct to go with number 2. Looks to have little room to bulk up and is not the most physical corner. Has range to cover his assignment men to man all over the field and has great closing speed. Good awareness. 1st He lacks the physicality the Broncos like on their corners. If Talib is retained I don’t see the Broncos going with a CB in the 1st round unless their enamored with the prospect. From the videos I saw Tabor has enormous talent and it just may be that the Broncos would rate him as top 15th pick talent wise and 1st rounder discounting the lack of ferocious physicality. This said he’s not shy on contact, he’s just more of a finesse CB in college. Very instinctive, fast and smooth cover corner.
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Corey Davis WR 2 Western Michigan Sr 6’3” 213 1st
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Great size for a WR, looks to have room to get a bit bigger. Has good change directions skills, looks to run good routs and to be quite physical both at catching and in the running game. Quite complete. Lacks elite speed to stretch the field consistently. Has great athleticism and is able to make acrobatic catches and use well his body to shield the ball. 1st

 

He looks to me more as possession WR and a solid Nº1. Lacks the speed to be a burner but his athleticism and toughness could let him gain some yards after the catch and break some tackles too. An upgrade at WR3 for the Broncos for sure because he blocks quite well for the college ranks and is a complete player. He would be a great pickup but the position is not a need at all and a lot of money is already tied up on the starters. Because of that I would not be very happy if the Broncos would take him at 20th overall but if he’d be the best player available I would take it.
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Derek Barnett DE 3 Tennessee Jr 6’3” 265 1st
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Has great size for a 4-3 DE which could be his perfect position in the NFL. Looks to be a complete prospect, powerful and with speed. Lacks at time quick first steps that would gain some better positioning against double teams and look a bit lethargic in some plays. Still able to make big plays both in the pass rush and against the run, where several team where consistently running away from him. No I think that he may be a work in progress for a 3-4 team. He lacks size to become a 3-4 DE as a rookie and may never be. On the other side he has good height for a 3-4 OLB but is not fast enough and his change of directions are not fast enough. I see him as a solid 1st rounder for a 4-3 team.
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Zach Cunningham OLB 1 Vanderbilt rJr 6’3” 230 1st
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Great height and power. Has the frame to put up more muscles. Has some real quickness at the snap but his play is quite inconsistent. Lacks elite short step quickness and change of direction. Still when on, can make big plays and have very good acceleration so that could be used in blitzes. Not bad in coverage but has some tackling technique deficiency and looks too often try to tackle the opponent too high, almost by the opponent shoulders. Has good speed for a ILB but lacks the speed to cover a RB when aligned as WR. 1st – 2nd I think Denver is priming speed and quickness at the ILB position. He has that and also has a great frame to get more powerful and stronger, which he’ll need. Has the size to play against the TEs but lacks the speed and quickness to stay with RB. His inconsistency in reading the play and/or positioning himself could be a big question mark in the NFL. He looks to be still a work in progress and I would not be happy if the Broncos would select him at 20th overall, I would prefer to get a surer tackler even with a smaller size a bit later in the draft or trading down around 25th-27th and there he could be targeted.
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John Ross WR 3 Washington rJr 5’11” 190 1st
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Smaller type of receiver: has enough thick body, he’s quick in short area movement and he’s fast and has speed. Run very good routes and is able to break free using technique and not also quickness and speed. Is not the most explosive 2nd or slot receiver. Played mainly the outside routes but looked good in cross routs too. Willing to place a block in both running game and screen plays. Has to get stronger to be able to sustain a block in the NFL and in order to absorb NFL defenders hits. 1st He clearly is a 1st round talent, had some drops but made a tons of big plays by his own. My doubt is more about if Denver is willing to test him as slot receiver because he looks to be a similar player to Sanders: a speedy and shifty nº2 receiver more than a slot receiver. I’m not sure he could constantly play the slot, given the body punishment that brings the position. Still I cannot deny Ross talent.
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DeShone Kizer QB 2 Notre Dame rSo 6’4” 230 1st
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Looks to be a bit oversized. Has very good release and ball speed. Is able to read a bit the coverage and go through targets progression. Still have a good but not great arm. A statue in the backfield, his pocket presence is not good enough for the NFL standard and if started as a rookie he could be sacked countless times. Has to do a better job at getting rid of the football and scrambling to give more time to WR to get open at times. Does not good a good job when pressured. 2nd – 3rd I kind of like his poise, looks to be a true QB. Still looks to be oversize and not fit, which could be a problem if my eyes aren’t wrong and does a bit of everything right but he’s really not dynamic on one hand and on the other is pocket awareness is just not there and really struggles under pressure. a late 2nd to 3rd round pick for the Broncos in case they’d fall in love with him at X’s and O’s and want to see if he could become, down the line in two to three years, the real deal. I would not touch him with the actual 2nd round pick the Broncos own, I would trade up in the late 2nd round or wait and see if he slide into the 3rd d to the actual Broncos pick. There he could be really appealing.
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Marlon Humphrey CB 3 Alabama rSo 6’1” 196 1st
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Looks smaller that is listed height. Does everything very well but is not elite in any category. Lack elite quickness and backdrop footwork and is a little slow on picking his assignment in bunches formations. Gets a bit confused when defending good route runners and lacks elite closing speed. Has good instinct defending the run and is able to move his assignment to close running lanes but often is not able to break free from his block in time to get the tackle. Lacks size to be a forceful tackler but plays aggressive at the LOS. 2nd – 3rd I really don’t see any spot where he excels and could start as a rookie. In any position he will have to be coached up a bit. He’s a redshirt sophomore so is still young and could really benefit from playing special teams only in year one and learn Pro trick to make up for his lack on shiftiness and top end speed. Down the line, if he works hard to be part of the team and not being one of the superstars, he could become a very good corner. Still I won’t trade Roby for him at all and I would not like the Broncos to use a 1st rounder on a developing player. In the 2nd round, to add depth and a player that played and could become very good also in special teams he could be targeted even though I think that Olinemen and Dlineman could be still there for the Broncos and been rated higher that Humphrey.
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Malik McDowell DT 2 Michigan State Jr 6’5” 276 1st
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Great size, has the frame to add more muscles. Looks to be relentless but will need to get more powerful to be effective in the NFL. Double teamed a lot in the college ranks he’ll face a bit more freedom in the NFL at least in his first year so that he could get more pressures, hits and sacks on QB. He’s solid in both run defense and pass defense, has very good lateral moves and looks to have elite athleticism for a man of his size. Lacks elute quickness and power to be dominant at the LOS. 1st – 2nd He will need to work increasing his power and maybe the explosion at the snap. His big frame could help Olinemen reaching into him. His relentless pursuit will do good things for him in the Pros and I see him more suited at becoming a very good 3-4 DE. I would not be very happy with Denver selecting him at 20th overall, I envision him being more a late 1st rounder or a 2nd rounder because he’s really good but not great in either run defense or pass rushing the QB.
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Sidney Jones CB 4 Washington Jr 6’0” 181 2nd – 3rd
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Has good but not great size. He’s really fast and quick. Is able to get down to the LOS quickly. Makes good tackles in open space  but is not the most policed cover corner, looks to rely a lot in his athletic skills and in his speed and that won’t make the cut in the Pros. Has very good change of directions skills. Plays aggressive at times. 2nd – 3rd He has 1st round talent: flashy, quick, fast and instinctive. I have some question on his awareness or motor, to me he looks to rely a lot on his skills in college and that trouble me a bit. Could have problem with physical WR. I’m not very high on his videos but I cannot deny his skills and talent and if the Broncos really like him and they take him at 20th overall I cannot disagree. March 12th Update: he injured his Achilles tendon in his pro-day. 6 months out. He will fall from the top 15 picks but I don’t know how much. If the Broncos can grab him in the 3rd round (if he falls that far) he could become a steal.
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Christian McCaffrey RB 3 Stanford Jr 6’0” 202 1st
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Has very good size and bulk for a running back. Does not have blazing speed but is quite elusive, has very good hands and is a willing blocker. Intangibles are really there. Has physical style of playing that could lead him to take way to many hits in the NFL, maybe shortening his career. 1st – Top 20 Three down player, in more top-end talented drafts he could be a late 1st or a 2nd rounder. In this draft, were to me there is a clear lack of top talent, he has one of the clearest one and look to be a safe pick because he’s quite developed in the three phase of the offense (running, blocking and receiving) plus he’s a weapon in the returning game. He could even be drafted in the top 10 by a team that desperately needs a three down RB. This said he could also slide towards the end of round one but I really don’t think he’ll slide to the second round altogether. At 20th the Broncos could be well placed to trade up 5 slots or a bit more and selecting him, if they really like him. I don’t see the dire need at the position to back up the decision to trade the house into the top 10 in order to select him.
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Cam Robinson OT 2 Alabama Jr 6’6” 310 1st
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Athletic and tall. Looks fluid reaching his assignment running screens, a bit less reaching the second level of defenders. Very strong at the point of attack, looks to balance well his body staying low and reaching properly the opponent with his arms and hands. Does not have very quick foots but when able to set his foots well is like a mountain too difficult to pass on or run by the defender. Has more trouble with quick rushes, because a bit slow on setting his feet and at times lose leverage and balance in the inside split move by the pass rusher. Powerful that use well his size but which size is also the limitation since his lack of elite agility. 1st – Top 20 He could and should one of the top targets because the lack of overall power the actual Denver Oline shown in 2016 season. FA is still pending and the Oline lineup could change suddenly. Still Robinson is the kind of prospect that if well used could be a solid starter for a number of years, he may never get to the All Pro and Pro Bowl level but is not a bad pick in the top 20 of any draft, IMO. My knock on him as top 10 prospect is that I cannot see, in his video, a high ceiling (similarly to most of Alabama prospects). He’s well conditioned, well coached already and for these reason he could be a bit more ready to play in the Pros if he get used to the speed of the game. He may never be a LT in the NFL, could start as G and then been moved to T but he’d bring power and size.
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Takkarist McKinley OLB 2 UCLA Sr 6’2” 258 1st – 2nd
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Has good size for a 3-4 OLB. He is very quick at the snap but then lacks elite explosion to finish the Olineman. Also looks to anchor well when setting the edge against the run but will have to become stronger in order to have the same success in the NFL. May not have a big room for adding weight. No real experience in dropping in coverage. 2nd This evaluation of mine is prior the combine. If he’ll test well there the Broncos will have to spend a late 1st  rounder at least to select him, if they really like him. He looks like a less explosive DeMarcus Ware. Has very good quickness that helps him getting on the Dlineman but at times allows the opponent to get back at him because the lack of elite explosion that would let him hit another gear on the top of the linemen: that kind of skill that Ware and Miller have. Will need a bit of time to develop his game in the NFL and will have to commit full effort. This is the reason why I would not be happy with Denver drafting him in the 1st round but he’s a 1st round talent at 3-4 OLB. UPDATE: he had back surgery. It’s never good to enter the draft with that because you never knows if a player will get back 100%. Being young helps a lot but the draft status will take a huge hit. I think he can fall into the 3rd round or end of 2nd. I watched more videos of UCLA he always looked a man among boys, I still think he’s a1st round talent but I think the Broncos already have a couple of starters at OLB and one very good backup. They won’t look at him (and his surgery) in the first round and even with the 51st pick (the actual second rounder). If he’ll be there in the top of the 3rd, they might move up to grab him because he’d be a very good depth OLB as a rookie in the Broncos scheme.
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Tim Williams OLB 3 Alabama Sr 6’3” 252 1st
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Has elite quickness at the snap and is fast to go to the QB. Has perfect size for a 3-4 OLB and looks to do a good enough job in coverage at least in the first 10 yards. Has also more unquestioned power in his lower body and uses it well to anchor and set the corner against runs. 1st An interesting player that has talent to become a very good pass rusher in the NFL for a 3-4 defense and especially for an aggressive one as the Broncos have. I think that he could be in the mix at 20th overall, if still on the board but I would not love Denver to trade up for him. I like his quick first steps and his suddenness that would make him a dangerous pass rusher from day one.
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Taco Charlton DE 4 Michigan Sr 6’5” 272 1st
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Great size, speed and athleticism. Lack elite quickness but has some. Is quick at the snap and is able to take advantage from that. Fast, very good in the speed rush. Because of his body type, looks more suited to be a 4-3 DE, the position he played in college, rather than a 3-4 DE. He’s a great pass rush but rely in speed and agility more than power and strength. Team captain, very productive in important games, the team was missing him when not on the field. Is being said to have a very good character out of the field too. 1st I think he’s more suited to be a 4-3 DE rather than a 3-4 DE because of his body type and weight. He would need to get some 15 pounds on and not lose his speed and agility and it’s a good if. I would not use him as OLB in the 3-4 because he’ll be a situational pass rusher. As some inconsistency but showed up very well in important games. At the beginning of the combine he’s rumored to be a top 15 picks, and that, even recognizing his talent would be perfect for the Broncos so that they won’t be tempted to select a player that does not exactly fit the 3-4 defensive scheme.
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Deshaun Watson QB 3 Clemson Jr 6’2” 215 1st
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Poised and in control of the play. Does not get scared by the error he makes, reset the memory and is able to refocus on the next play. Has a tons of athletic skills but has to get much better at defense reading. He’s fast to get rid of the ball when his first (and mostly only) read is open. Does not have great body language and is presence and movement on the backfield are not as good as his poise. Has happy feet, meaning that his footwork need to get better. His throwing release is ok but a bit slow. Quite accurate in short and medium range throws. Does not look to have a cannon of an arm but the spiral look very smooth and the receiver are able to catch the ball with no adjustment. Did not play under center, played in zone read offense. 2nd All in all up to now he looks to me as the best QB in the class. Still is quite not much. On the positive is that somehow he could make things happening with his throws and also with his scrambling. This said there is not that much evidence that he is able to gain time while scrambling and then deliver the throw to the open receiver. Instead he looks to have one read only and being really challenged when the first read is not available. Although he has the poise and the mental set for becoming a great QB, his body language is completely different on the field where he seems a bit off the game after throwing the ball or in pre-snap. He did not be part of huddles and did not audibled plays. A lot of new things to do to reach his full potential. I don’t think that he’s a worse prospect than Lynch when approaching the draft last year, and for this reason I have a late 1st and maybe even more realistic 2nd round grade. Still Lynch is 6’8” and really mobile and the good thing on him is that he was able to gain time with his pocket movement and keeping the ayes downfield looking to throw the ball when somebody would break open. Watson is kind of the opposite player, good to make something happening fast after the snap but if not possible he could take huge sacks because he’s lack of pocket presence. And is 6’2” tall only.
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David Njoku TE 2 Miami (Fla.) rSo 6’4” 240 1st – 2nd
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Has good size and looks to have thick body. Has good speed but is not the fastest player. Looks quite fluid running, has speed to run from linebackers and size to overpower defensive backs. For a player of his size, I would like to see him playing with more power. Looks precise in running short and intermediate routs. Lacks elite explosion to stretch the field, uses his speed to gain more yards possible but cannot compete with DB speed. Has good but not great hands. No Does his best catching the ball in short or intermediate routs and gaining good yardage after the catch running from linebackers before being catched and overnumbered by DBs. His ability to get open in intermediate routes could create opportunity in the passing game for the Broncos. Still he will need to become more powerfull and in not a lock catching the ball. Used his size very well in college where he literally “oversized” opponents bit in a NFL fields he might not have the same results against bigger, stronger and more explosive defenders. I really would not be happy if the Broncos would draft him in the 1st round, especially at 20th overall. He also kind of disappeared from the field with the game in the line in a couple of videos I saw and in a deep class of TEs, I would prefer to get the prospect that is the number 1 receiving target for his QB when it matters. Also didn’t see much of blocking skills.
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Haason Reddick OLB 4 Temple rSr 6’1” 237 1st – 2nd
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Very athletic and quick. Has  speed and is able to drop in coverage a bit. Undersized, will need to gain a lot of strength and power in order to not be pushed around by NFL Olineman. Has quickness  more than elite speed and is explosive at the snap. The lack of strength stop him from getting his hands on the QB. In coverage does a very good job staying with his man. Against the run is fearless but lack the power to armtackle big tailbacks and get the stop. 4th His lack of power and strength makes him a development project at OLB in the 3-4 scheme, the only one suitable for him in his rookie year. I heard rumors of converting him in ILB but in order to succeed in that he will have to gain much more power and strength to be able to shed block from big Guards or Centers and at the moment once the Olineman is able to get the hands on him he can really put Reddick out of the play. I like the athleticism, the quickness, explosion but his lacks of size and strength makes him a project in my eyes.
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Charles Harris DE 5 Missouri rJr 6’3” 255 1st – 2nd
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Looks bigger that his listed size. Very powerful and has great quickness at the snap with very good explosive first steps. Does not have a tons of pass rushing moves but is able to create havoc in the backfield quite often even if does not get the sack. 1st – 2nd Because of his size and body he looks better suited to play 4-3 DE. I think he plays with high motor and give sign of quickness and power. He could be selected by the Broncos at the end of the 1st round or, better at the beginning of the 2nd as depth at OLB and used as rotational/backup role in the position where DeMarcus Ware played the past three years. He does not have the speed of Von Miller but is really stout and can get a bit more powerful against the run and then he could be a perfect complement together with Ray to Von Miller and would give much better talent at the depth at that position.
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Dan Feeney OG 1 Indiana rSr 6’4” 304 1st – 2nd
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Quick and decisive in his blocks, has good feet for a interior Olineman of his size. Has the frame to become even bigger. Not the most powerful blocker but really solid and always looks to be not only on top of what he’s doing but the offense in general. 1st I like Feeney videos a lot. He’s dominant and plays like a general. He was able to lift the level of performance of the entire Oline just by his relentless and always precise play. He’s a perfect fit for the Broncos and I would say that  in this draft he might be the  best Olineman overall. He has very good size and great movement in the running game while being also more than solid in pass protection, with very educated feet while playing at G and quite adequate also at RT. Impressive, in this draft I would not complain if the Broncos takes him at 20th overall.
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Desmond King CB 5 Iowa Sr 5’11” 206 1st – 2nd
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A bit smaller than the ideal size but thick and squared. Looks very powerful and has good enough speed. Has some good explosion and is a good in man to man cover Really fluid running down field and in change of direction, sudden and quick. Played kicks returner too but there lacks a bit of vision although looked quite willing and sure with the ball in his hands. 2nd It’s hard to evaluate a CB when in the whole game he has been targeted only one time. His lack of ideal size will make his slide into the 2nd round IMO. I don’t know which kind of CB the Broncos are looking for, but definitely he will be worth the Broncos 2nd rounder by watching his videos.
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Forrest Lamp OG 2 Western Kentucky rSr 6’4” 305 1st – 2nd
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Lacks ideal size for a T and have all the look of a G in the NFL. He has a wide and big body that use well in pass protection, lacks elite footwork but on his own is not that bad. Very powerful player that may lack top athletic skills but looks to have great balance; very fluid when running to place a block, dynamic Olineman that could develop and play at T and G in the NFL. 1st Broncos interviewed him at the combine. He’s very powerful, athletic and quick at the snap. Looks to be always on top of what the offense is going to do. I think that the Broncos could and should consider him in the 1st round or early in the second round in the case he’d still there. He could compete for a T spot as a rookie and work also his transition to G. I won’t be shocked, if the roster situation stays the same as it is at March 23rd, if he’s be selected in the 1st round by the Broncos and may end up starting at LT as a rookie.
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TreDavious White CB 6 LSU Sr 6’0” 184 1st – 2nd
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Lack ideal size for a modern NFL CB. Still is quick and tackles quite well the catcher just after the catch, not allowing almost any yardage after the catch. Really good man to man cover skills, able to follow the opponent nº1 receiver down the field and stick with him fighting for the ball. Plays aggressive. Has very good athletic skills. 1st – Top 20 I don’t think that the Broncos would select him in the 1st round but I think they may have a 1st round grade on White, he’s one of the best CB in this class and I think that at the moment he’s underrated. He has a similar style of play of Chris Harris Jr but has some more speed. It makes him even more sudden both in helping in the run game and in the passing game. I don’t think the Broncos would select him at 20th overall because they might look there at a player similar to Talib which White isn’t. Still A very solid 1st round grade, he could play the nickel position and develop into a Pro-Bowl corner.
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Curtis Samuel WR 4 Ohio State Jr 5’11” 200 1st – 2nd
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Plays returner in special teams. Can play as change of pace tailback. Very quick and fast, not very disciplines in his route running. Explosive with the ball in his hands, may have problems blocking in the NFL. Looks to have good but not great hands, very good balance and elite athletic skills. 2nd He has been a great college player and looks well built physically at 5’11” and 200 pounds but looks to me less able to absorb tackles than other “slot” receiver prospects. This said he’s quite elusive and really explosive with the ball in his hands and in open field. I think that I would not be happy if Denver would select him before the 20th pick of the 2nd round. He could be gone but I have some doubt on his physical endurance in the NFL.
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Garett Bolles OT 3 Utah Jr 6’5” 296 1st – 2nd
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Has very good size and athletic skills. Older prospect that bends well shows very good power and very good balance. Get flagged some. He has very good feet and athleticism but would need to get bigger (and he looks to have the frame to be able to do it).  Can pull some and gets to the second level quite easily for a guy of his size. 2nd He’s an older prospect and I cannot bypass that by placing him in the first round. I think he could be a solid player in a couple of years, I don0t think that he could be an upgrade if drafted and immediately started at LT, especially with the expectation of a first rounder.  He might be really interesting for a zone blocking scheme theme as the Broncos were under Kubiak.
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Carl Lawson DE 6 Auburn rJr 6’2” 253 1st – 2nd
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Has average size for a NFL 4-3 defense. His body “bodes” better as 3-4 OLB. In the running game does not have the power to disengage a pulling G block on the outside and is not always able to secure the edge. Lacks elite quickness but has some and is coming with great speed from the outside as a pass rusher. He’s relentless and is very good identifying where the ball is and going after the ball. In the run game he has to do a better job shedding blocks and becoming more powerful. Has a long list of injuries in college. No IMO he lacks elite explosion at the snap and true power to mode the Olineman. He has some speed but it does not last long because of his size. Lacks also elite athleticism and is quite inconsistent on his game. I don’t see the aggressive streak that the Broncos usually looks for.
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