Posted Mon Apr 21st by Monty
Part Two of today’s series explores why the Denver Broncos should avoid drafting a center or guard in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft. Enjoy.
The argument of “We have greater needs elsewhere” is getting old, I know, but it comes to a head again. Currently signed centers or guards total over 8 at the moment… more than enough to have solid competition come training camp to find 4 or 5 guys. The Broncos have much greater needs at defensive tackle and offensive tackle. They could also use help at linebacker, safety, and running back before considering an interior offensive lineman.
What’s more, centers and guards are very, very rarely taken this early in the first round. Last year, Baltimore used the 29th overall selection on Ben Grubbs, a guard out of Auburn. In 2006, Tampa Bay used the 23rd overall pick on a guard named Davin Joseph. Both were the first taken at their position that year. Taking a guard this early isn’t unheard of, but it’s close.
That being said, there is one player who has shot up the draft boards of late named Branden Albert. Some mocks even have him going as high as 5th overall to the Chiefs. His ability to also play tackle has seen his stock skyrocket, and if he falls to 12, the Broncos could be tempted. Is he worth the first round pick?
In my opinion, no. The Broncos should trade down if they’re interested in Albert, closer to his earlier grades in the mid-20′s. I’m a big fan of looking with my own eyes for talent, not following the hype others are spewing, and I just don’t see anything to make me believe Albert belongs in the Top 10. That makes me believe that pro scouts aren’t buying the hype either, and Albert’s recent rise in mock drafts may be irrelevant when the real draft rolls around.
Without a huge need and, in my opinion, a person that fits the 12th spot, the Denver Broncos would be much better looking elsewhere than at guard or center in the 2008 NFL Draft.