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Here it is again, another mock draft. And yes, there is a new pick for the Broncos. Not just the Broncos pick is new, there are 18 new picks in this mock. Enjoy.

Round 1

  1. St. Louis Rams
    Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma
  2. There is no doubt the Rams need a quarterback (unless they land Donovan McNabb) and at this point I can’t (well it’s not impossible) see them taking any other position. The NFL is a copycat league, and first round rookie quarterbacks have been all the rage the last two seasons. It’s a big risk big reward type pick but I don’t see any other way for the Rams right now, and maybe that’s why they aren’t employing me.

    Samuel Jacob Bradford has surpassed James Richard Clausen in the quarterback rankings by well… doing nothing. Neither of these top two prospects have done much to increase their stock, so teams are left to look at their game footage. With the exception of last season, that isn’t too good for Jimmy Clausen who was a pick throwing machine. On the other hand, this is great for Sam Bradford who has only thrown 16 picks in his college career, which looks real good up against his 88 touchdowns.

    Bradford has only failed to post a quarterback rating of a hundred or more only seven times in his career, and two of those were this past season with his injured shoulder, once in the national championship, and the rest were his during first year starting. The Sooners were 23-2 when Bradford posts a quarterback rating of over a hundred (one of those losses was when he left early in the BYU game).

    Previous pick: Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame

  3. Detroit Lions
    Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State
  4. I said numerous times that the Lions desperately need to take Russell Okung to help out the maturation of Matt Stafford. The Lions have apparently been shopping this pick around, but it’s hard to find a suitor for such an expensive pick. If no one offers up, I believe the Lions will have to make a large investment to protect their other large investment.

    Okung had a phenomenal season and has transcended all the offensive tackles entering this draft. Okung has garnered some comparisons to pro bowler Joe Thomas. Russell Okung could give Stafford the Joe Thomas effect. In 2007 when Joe Thomas was a rookie he helped Derek Anderson throw 29 touchdowns and rack up a quarterback rating of 82.5 and almost drove the Browns to the playoffs at 10-6.

    Previous pick: Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska

  5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska
  6. Eric Berry is on the board and the Buccaneers desperately need anyone to improve their secondary. However, Ndamukong Suh is an insane prospect and too much of a trendy pick for Raheem Morris.

    Previous pick: Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State

  7. Washington Redskins
    Jimmy Clausen, QB, Oklahoma
  8. I said before, this pick is very dependent on what Mike Shanahan sees in the quarterbacks this draft. However, this just makes too much sense. Hello Jake Plummer I mean Jason Campbell, you’re the starter this year… until you throw too many stupid passes and get booed by the fans. Now say hello to the rookie Jay Cutler I mean Jimmy Clausen. If only Campbell’s last name was Pampbell, it would be veteran J.P. yanked for rookie J.C. all over again.

    Previous pick: Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma

  9. Kansas City Chiefs
    Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma
  10. Scott Pioli saw Richard Seymour in Tyson Jackson last year, so this year he can get his “Vincent Wilfork.” Let’s hope for our sakes Pioli is dead wrong on each.

    Previous pick: Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma

  11. Seattle Seahawks
    Brian Baluga, OT, Iowa
  12. Matt Hasselbeck is “our guy” Pete Carroll says. Where have we heard that one before? Now that Charlie Whitehurst is the future for Seattle (at least until Carroll gets fired) they’ll need to protect him.

    Previous pick: Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland

  13. Cleveland Browns
    Eric Berry, S, Tennessee
  14. I’ve had Joe Haden here for awhile, but his slow forty time and Eric Berry’s availability has dropped him from this spot. I’m not exactly sure what Mike Holmgren and Tom Heckert are doing, but I guess they plan to strike gold with their trillion late round picks. Holmgren said that drafting a quarterback is “something we have to do.” Unless they plan on trading up past our nation’s capital, they’ll have to wait till later.

    Previous pick: Joe Haden, CB, Florida

  15. Oakland Raiders
    Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland
  16. Taylor Mays did run an unofficial 4.24 forty, but it was corrected to a 4.43. I have no idea how they messed that up. You can bet some coaches don’t give a whole lot of credit to the digital timing when they hand clocked him at that speed. However, Taylor Mays may not be taken this high because a certain 300 pound offensive tackle ran insanely fast. That being Bruce Campbell. The guy is an absolute beast, he ran a 4.85. Al Davis would be insane not to take Campbell if he’s on the board, but it is Al Davis.

    Previous pick: Taylor Mays, S, USC

  17. Buffalo Bills
    Rolando McClain, ILB, Alabama
  18. It’s very difficult to predict what the Bills will do with a new head coach at the helm. With Rolando McClain still on the board however the Bills should jump at the opportunity. Paul Posluszny is an above average middle linebacker but McClain is a hard player to pass up on.

    Previous pick: Rolando McClain, ILB, Alabama

  19. Jacksonville Jaguars
    Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech
  20. Jacksonville can’t get to the quarterback whatsoever. The Jaguars had a pathetic 14 sacks all season long, Elvis Dumervil had 17! Derrick Morgan is this draft’s top pass rusher and he should bolster Jacksonville’s lackluster defensive line. Morgan weighs in around 272 pounds, making him an ideal 4-3 end.

    Tim Tebow could be a shocker pick here. Tim Tebow has a massive fan base. Exhibit A, his fans love him despite his terrible Super Bowl commercial. Exhibit B, our Tim Tebow, Just Say No article by guest poster Sam Walter received almost 1,000 hits from Google alone. This means Tebow has fans googling him 24/7.

    Previous pick: Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech

  21. Denver Broncos
    Mike Iupati, OG/OT, Idaho
  22. Yes, Mike Iupati is a reach. However with Rolando McClain off the board and the defensive line makeover Denver had this offseason they’ll need to take a position of need. Denver really needs an offensive guard that fits the power blocking scheme. Enter Mike Iupati, the guy is 6’5 335 pounds, is that enough power for you? Another great thing about Iupati is that he has the size and ability to play right tackle as well. So if Ryan Harris goes down again Denver can slide Iupati over.

    I still wouldn’t be surprised if Denver trades out here whether it’s up or down. I have this inkling of a feeling that they’re going to do what it takes to get Rolando McClain, but that might be more of a feeling of hope.  If Denver can’t land McClain I’d like to see them go after Penn State’s Sean Lee.

    Another thing to keep in mind is that Josh McDaniels and Brian Xanders might just go after the best player available, which isn’t neccessarily a bad thing.

    Previous pick: Eric Berry, S, Tennessee

  23. Miami Dolphins
    Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State
  24. Miami could really use a play maker at inside linebacker but with Rolando McClain off the board they’ll go with a play maker at wide receiver. Chad Henne could really use someone to throw to besides Ted Ginn Jr., Brian Hartline, and Davonne Bess.

    Previous pick: Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State

  25. San Francisco 49ers
    Joe Haden, CB, Florida
  26. San Francisco decided not to continue the Dre’ Bly experiment despite their desperate need of a corner. Nate Clements got a killer contract and then sat on his ass. Joe Haden is an instinctive player who is being tainted by the inappropriate weight of the forty yard dash. Other teams in need of a shut down corner (almost every team) will pass on Haden because of his “slow” forty time. Mike Mayock said it himself “He’s got game speed.”

    Previous pick: Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma

  27. Seattle Seahawks
    Everson Griffen, DE, USC
  28. Seattle’s defensive line lived in a pineapple under the sea. The Seahawks gave up Julian Peterson, and Rocky Bernard last offeason, not to mention that Lofa Tatupu was lost to injury. Therefore it’s obvious to see exactly why the Seahawks struggled defensively and why Jim Mora was fired. With Patrick Kerney’s future up for debate Seattle could use some stability on their defensive line. Who better then someone who Pete Carroll just coached last season?

    Previous pick: Everson Griffen, DE, USC

  29. New York Giants
    Sean Weatherspoon, LB, Missouri
  30. The Giants are real thin at linebacker, so they it’s a possibility they could reach and take Sean Weatherspoon this April. Weatherspoon had a great Senior Bowl and is considered to be a very good fit for the 4-3 scheme, exactly with the Giants run.

    Previous pick: Mike Iupati, OG/OT,

  31. Tennessee Titans
    Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State
  32. The Tennessee Titans couldn’t stop the pass to save their life this last season, ranking 31st in the NFL. Perhaps it’s because they’re in the pass happy AFC South, but that’s all the more reason to draft a corner. Since Joe Haden is off the board the Titans should target Wilson, who can return punts too.

    Previous pick: Donovan Warren, CB, Michigan

  33. San Francisco 49ers
    C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson
  34. C.J. Spiller is that change of pace back that Frank Gore desperately needs. Frank Gore always has trouble staying healthy, but when he is, he’s an inconvenient truth to the opposing team. Imagine the rushing attack San Fransisco could have with that tandem. Alex Smith could channel his inner Trent Dilfer circa 2005.

    Previous pick: C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson

  35. Pittsburgh Steelers
    Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma
  36. Ben Roethlisberger was sacked 50 times this season and 189 times in the past four seasons. Big Ben needs some protection and Trent Williams is a steal this far down in the draft.

    Previous pick: Brian Baluga, OT, Iowa

  37. Atlanta Falcons
    Brian Price, DT, UCLA
  38. The Falcons are desperate to stop the run, last year they drafted Peria Jerry to help, but he couldn’t stay healthy. Brian Price is a great fit for the 4-3 line which the Falcons have. I would have Earl Thomas here but Atlanta is already invested in William Moore.

    Previous pick: Sean Weatherspoon, OLB, Missouri

  39. Houston Texans
    Earl Thomas, S, Texas
  40. From Texas to Texans. Houston has never really had an all star at safety (see Glenn Earl, Nick Ferguson, and Bernard ‘The Patriots Terrorizer’ Pollard) and Earl Thomas is their best chance to finally land one. Earl makes sense on many levels. First off, Thomas fits a strong need and secondly, he’s a Texas native from High School to College.

    Previous pick: Earl Thomas, S, Texas

  41. Cincinnati Bengals
    Taylor Mays, S, USC
  42. It was fairly obvious that the Bengal’s passing offense missed T.J. Houshmandzadeh, so that’s why the went out and signed Antonio Bryant. However, Bryant will probably get lazy like he does every time he’s not in a contract year. For now though they’ll fix the only glaring hole in their secondary, which is at safety. What better player to replace Roy L. Williams than Roy L. Williams Jr.? Seriously, Taylor Mays just looks like the second coming of Roy, hard hitting and no coverage skills.

    Previous pick: Arrelious Benn, WR, Illinois

  43. New England Patriots
    Ryan Matthews, RB, Fresno State
  44. Last time I said barring a bad combine Jonathan Dwyer should end up being the number one prospect as a every down back in this draft. Well he had a bad combine. However, Ryan Matthews had a great combine, and since New England hasn’t had an every down back since Corey Dillion, Matthews has a chance here. Tom Brady is getting old and really needs some stability in the run game. Lawrence Maroney just doesn’t cut it and never has really.

    Previous pick: Johnathan Dwyer, RB, Georgia Tech

  45. Green Bay Packers
    Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers
  46. Green Bay had an absolutely atrocious offensive line this last season, just ask Jared Allen. Anthony Davis is a freak of nature, he’s listed at 6 feet 6 inches tall and 325 pounds heavy. I’m very interested to see how he does in the combine and on his wonderlic (Davis scored an 890 on his SAT). Issues concerning Davis’ work ethic have come to surface, if Davis doesn’t have a good combine he could end up here, late in the first round, instead of a top 10 pick. Green Bay was not afraid of B.J. Raji’s character issues last draft so if Davis is here I don’t doubt they’ll grab him.

    Previous pick: Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers

  47. Philadelphia Eagles
    Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, Florida
  48. The Eagles are a very solid team with little to no glaring needs. However, if the 2007 New York Giants have taught us anything is that you can’t have enough good defensive linemen. I could see the Eagles trading up or down from this position to land a player they fall in love with. Jason Pierre-Paul is extremely raw but he’d have time to sit and learn.

    Previous pick: Everson Griffen, DE, USC

  49. Baltimore Ravens
    Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma
  50. Newsflash, Todd Heap is old. If Jermaine Gresham can have a great combine the Ravens will do what it takes to give Joe Flacco all the tools he needs to succeed. With Anquan Boldin and Gresham on the field, the Ravens would have an extremely potent offense.

    Previous pick: Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma

  51. Arizona Cardinals
    Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee
  52. The Cardinals have let two of their best defensive players go this offseason much to Darnell Dockett’s dismay. Arizona isn’t stacked at the nose tackle position and Dan Williams would be a fine addition. Also I’m pretty sure Darnell Dockett would be pretty happy when he’s racking up the sacks due to the improve defensive line.

    Previous pick: Charles Brown, OT, USC

  53. Dallas Cowboys
    Jared Odrick, DE, Penn State
  54. The Cowboys had a great season sack wise despite DeMarcus Ware’s slow starting season. The NFC East is a quarterback heavy division (especially if Shanahan gets Clausen), therefore getting to the quarterback should be at the top of the docket. Jared Odrick is a great fit for the 3-4 scheme and would do well against Jay Ratliff (fftoolbox has a great analysis on him). Odrick is a bit of a reach, but getting to the quarterback is too big of a deal in the NFC East.

    Previous pick: Jared Odrick, DE, Penn State

  55. San Diego Chargers
    Terrance Cody, DT, Alabama
  56. What San Diego did lack this year was a healthy nose tackle. Both Jamal Williams and Ogemdi Nwagbuo ended up on injured reserve before the season was over. Ogemdi Nwagbuo (nicknamed OG) worked at the San Diego Airport before being called into training camp by the Chargers. Jamal Williams is gone, so San Diego needs a reliable nose tackle to rotate OG with. Terrance Cody has “slimmed down” to 350 pounds and is a perfect fit for a 3-4 nose tackle.

    Previous pick: Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee

  57. New York Jets
    Jerry Hughes, OLB, TCU
  58. Vernon Gholston needs to be replaced. Well, replaced isn’t probably the best word in describing his ineptitude as a pass rushing outside linebacker. The Jets didn’t do terrible at getting to the quarterback this season but under Rex Ryan’s defense they should do a lot better than 32 sacks.

    Previous pick: Jerry Hughes, OLB, TCU

  59. Minesota Vikings
    Jahvid Best, RB, California
  60. Minnesota has is facing a reality without Chester Taylor. Taylor was a 1,200+ yard the year before Adrian Peterson was drafted and has been the change of pace the Vikings have relied on in the running game. Taylor is also known for having great hands for a running back. The Vikings use Taylor for screens often. Jahvid Best isn’t a number one back, but he’s the change of pace that Adrian Peterson needs. With Best and Peterson in the backfield and Sidney Rice at receiver it wouldn’t even matter if Brett Favre came back (well maybe a little).

    Minnesota may look for a defensive tackle because the days of the Williams Wall are coming to an end. Pat Williams is an astounding 37 years old.

    Previous pick: Jahvid Best, RB, California

  61. Indianapolis Colts
    Brandon Graham, DE/OLB, Michigan
  62. I said last time that the Colts are stacked at defensive end with Dwight Freeney, Robert Mathis, and Raheem Brock. Well the Colts cut Raheem Brock, so they’ll be look somewhere in the draft to replace him. Brandon Graham is more of a 4-3 end than a 3-4 outside linebacker as well (well nearly all of those DE/OLB are).

    Previous pick: Brandon Graham, DE/OLB, Michigan

  63. New Orleans Saints
    Maurkice Pouncey, C, Florida
  64. Before this past season Jonathan Goodwin had never been a full time starter, that doesn’t exactly scream franchise center. When you have one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL it’s probably a good idea to give him someone competent to put the ball in his hands.

    Previous pick: Maurkice Pouncey, C, Florida

What do you think Bronco nation? What should Denver do at 11, offense, defense, trade? Perhaps a punter? Let it fly!

  • robtink242

    I hope we get Rolando McClain. Remember everyone saying crap about last years LB's turns out all were studs except the one we drafted. I refuse to see this team not get a game changing player.

  • NavyBSU_fan

    I would be very happy with Mike Iupati at #11. It may be a little high for a guard but for a starter for the next 10 years at the position? It's never to early to get a player who will actually start.

  • RafaTheRed

    Brandon Spikes is now classed as a poor mike linebacker because he didn’t run well in cleats? Watch the tape…the guys quality. Lets trade back for an extra pick and select Pouncey with the first pick and Ducasse and Spikes with the 2 second rounders (second 2nd rounder gained from trading back).

  • TJ

    Denver needs to draft someone that can come in and be a solid contributer from day 1 (see Ryan Clady) and Lupati would make an immediate impact for them. Lupati at # 11 is not a “reach” at all IMO and I will be ecstatic if the Broncos can land him. Could you just imagine Lupati AND Clady shoring up the left side for years to come? EPIC.

  • kerry

    isnt that sad? Cushing, Ayers, Matthews and Orakpo sitting there and we pick the bum who never even played LB in college. 3 end up being pro bowlers and we strike out BIG TIME. but yeah we sure needed Moreno though. PFFTT.

  • kerry

    there is no chance Dan Williams falls that far. i have him projected at 5 to the Chiefs. last year Pioli reached for Tyson Jackson. he will want his “Vince Wilfork” and that is Dan Williams.

  • Dan

    There is no way we pass on Haden for a guard, but there is no way Jacksonville picks McClain. McClain will be our pick. McClain's disease does worry me.

  • Ian Henson

    If Dez Bryant is available there is no excuse in my opinion for Denver to not pick him up. Mayock has him as the third best player available and I don't disagree at all. There have been character questions about nearly every great receiver (see DeSean Jackson) in the last four or five years. It's easy to see the position and label it automatically.

    Anyway, I'm off on a rant, I would also love Iupati, but I don't see him going that high… If we were getting a lower first round for a certain receiver I can see getting him with that pick otherwise we move on and pick the next best available guard/center.

    Then again all indications point to Seth Olsen and Chris Kuper playing guards for Denver, they're both young and healthy (sans Kuper's eventual camp injury, which he'll inevitably play through the entire season). So that leaves Denver staring down the bottomless pit that is their depth at center. They're not going to go center and become the team that picks the highest picked center since what 1972?

    I still think in the back of my head that it will be a position that is completely unacceptable, like tight end or somewhere where we have tons of depth (secondary).

  • rct930

    11. Trent Williams OT Okla.

    Ryan Harris is a quality player but he isn't the mauler that Mcd is after. If Williams falls to us I wouldn't be surprised to see us grab him. And frankly, he might make a better guard than Iupati. He's very fast for a big dude and he would be a beast at guard or right tackle. Then we could draft the best value at LB or WR in the second and grab a solid center in the third. If we get an extra late-round pick for Marshall or early 2nd rounder, we might consider WR Demaryius Thomas from Georgia Tech. Although I heard someone on NFL network say he might not get past New England at #22. I can't remember if it was Mayock.

    I don't see Denver selecting Sean Lee in the 2nd or 3rd round, for that matter. He's a great college player he's not that big and he's had two knee injuries.

  • inrodwetrust

    If the board is empty blue chip talent wise, I would like to see us trade down to the later realms of the 1st round and grab Maurkice Pouncey. After our free agency it looks like center is the glaring need we have, and you can't draft well if you reach for players.

  • Jon

    Hey everyone, I am starting a new Bronco's blog called “”. It's going to feature classics such as “Why Kerry Hates the Bronco's” and lets not forget our all time favorite “My name is Kerry, and I'm on my period”.

  • Nisse

    kerry is like a child molester, he loves his kid, just in a different way.

    love having him here though.

    the best thing for denver would be to trade down, the “high” draft picks are really scary to have, with all the uncertainties of the draft.
    and with our greatest need being G/C we would just be reaching if we take a player that plays G/C

  • CJ

    MLB ROLANDO McClain! hes the next ray lewis haha

  • roshon2411

    With the 11th pick I think Denver needs to take the best player available. Though many of these guys won't be close to being available at 11. Here are my top 11.

    1. Ndamukong Suh
    2. Gerald McCoy
    3. Sam Bradford
    4. Eric Berry
    5. Jimmy Clausen
    6. Russell Okung
    7. Joe Haden
    8. Dez Bryant
    9. Rolando McClain
    10. Jason Pierre-Paul
    11. Dan Williams

    If Denver goes with the highest ranked player on this list. I'll definitely be happy about the pick.

    Though I'd flip-flop Dez Bryant and McClain if Marshall gets traded. I'm very intrigued about the idea of Marshall, Bryant, and Royal together.

  • kerrysucks

    Hey kerry what do you know you're bitching again!! big surprise, man I swear you complain more than all the women I've ever met combined. Why don't you just stop complaining for once and use some football knowledge, because you never judge a player after one year, yes those three had a better year but that doesn't mean shit because Ayers can easily be the better football player down the road. If you have such a problem with the direction the team is heading than do us all a favor and switch teams because your negative bitching will not be missed.

  • kerrysucks

    Lolol wow I'm going to join that asap. I can't believe that tool can honestly consider himself a Bronco fan, absolutely ridiculous.

  • Rob_Bronco

    I'm PRAYING the Broncos don't pick Dez Bryant. That guy is a disaster waiting to happen. He has MAJOR character issues, and I'm tired of the Broncos being in the news for all the wrong reasons. Iupati is a good pick at 11.

  • NMBronc

    I just don't see us taking a G or C this high. I believe the 11th pick will be best player available. I think they will build O-Line through the draft in the mid rounds. Williams or McClain would be good, but there are a lot of players who could help us.

  • sirvaliant

    I think Kerry is right on time. We could have also grabbed Rey Maualuga instead of Alphonso Smith. What a sorry draft class.

  • Robert Clark MTFS

    We could have. However, last draft, last season, 5 minutes ago are all just as over as the Trojan War. Why waste energy thinking about what's no longer here.

  • roshon2411

    ha, I'm not scared off by “Character Issues”… all these guys have issues. Irvin, Deion, Ray Lewis and plenty of others.

    With the media today everyone is going to have a flaw.

    Tiger Woods?

    All I care is if you can play. Give me W's.

  • Blair

    Oh my god, who would want to pick Ndamukong Suh in the first round, I think that guy is so overrated. He needs to be down in the lower rounds. I think Texas's Colt McCoy should be in the first round. Even with two tough games, that should not make a difference. Colt plays his butt off and he gives 100% into his games. He is a tough player, and he's a good person and a good friend. I don't care about the naysayers who nitpick him about flaws, everyone has flaws in life, no one is perfect, only Jesus was perfect. Ya'll need to put Colt in the first round draft, because he will be a great QB in the NFL, plus ya'll need to give him a chance to show you how good a QB he can truly be.

  • Blair

    You have got to be kidding me, Suh at # 1, LMFAO, I think Suh should be in the 3rd round, as overrated as he is. He thinks he's hot stuff, (Gag) He is not that good, He may have sacked Colt, big deal, but look at the result, Texas came back to win against Nebraska, it may have been by just a point, but Texas went to the National Championship game, and the Cornhuskers went on to another bowl, lol, I think that Colt McCoy should be in the 1st round, Not Suh.

  • Blair


    I agree with you on that point, but I'm not so sure that Iupati would fit with the Broncos, he might, but I think the Broncos need another QB to help Brady Quinn, How about Colt McCoy? You may not think so, but I do. I think Colt should be the 11th pick in the draft.

  • Blair

    Let me ask you a question, inrodwetrust, Who in the heck is Maurkice Pouncey, I have never heard of him. Which position in FB does he play? Who did he play for?

  • inrodwetrust

    Maurkice Pouncey, OL (played center)
    Height: 6-5 | Weight: 304 | College: Florida

  • roshon2411

    With your reasoning, Terrence Cody, should be the #1 pick. Alabama beat Texas in the title game.

    Look I like McCoy and don't think he'd be a bad pick in the 2nd but McCoy over Suh?

    Are you a Longhorn fan or just crazy?