Posted Mon Apr 19th by Mr.East
The draft countdown continues. Bronco fans, we are only four mere days away from the start of the elongated draft format. Continuing with the series, today I’ll look at what Denver might attempt in the third round this year.
Just like last time I’ll go about assuming Denver has already selected the following players:
Tim Tebow, yeah I said it. Now that the world is focused on the Broncos for picking Tebow you’ll have to look extra hard to just to hear any other news Denver related. Don’t be discouraged however, the third round this year will possibly be the most interesting for the Broncos, especially given the possibility of a looming Tony Scheffler trade. This is the round where teams look for depth. The Broncos are looking to help out their young running back, Knowshown Moreno, in all ways possible. Does this mean they stack the line this draft or give him a solid backup? Does Jarvis Green get a protege? Who gets to be the honor of the 80th overall pick of the draft?
Pick 80: Toby Gerhart, RB, Stanford
His name is Toby. I know you’re waiting for an offensive lineman, but it’s exactly like how you were waiting for a defensive lineman throughout the last draft. Josh McDaniels is okay with Ross Huchstein at left guard for the moment. I don’t see an offensive guard going to Denver in this round unless a player like John Asamoah is available. If you’re looking for an offensive linemen early this draft, I think you’ll be disappointed.
Toby Gerhart is a player who will help Peyton Hillis fanboys recuperate from their woes. I mean could it really hurt to have another Standford number seven? Josh McDaniels values high character players who produce in college, therefore selecting Toby Gerhart about a round high too high seems about right to me. Positional value is overrated in this case however. Gerhart is a strong and hard working runner with great vision, who is more than worthy of this selection. While at Standford Gerhart proved that if you want to take him down you better bring everything you got or he’s just going to go right through you. This is a kind of player Denver desperately needed in their short yardage situations last season. Gerhart could provide that extra power to the run game that keeps the defense honest and add an extra target for Kyle Orton to dink and dump it off to. If Toby can pull that off then a third round pick is well worth it.
Not to be critical of the man, but he could really use some work on his technique. Gerhart relies very strongly on his power running. You can tell that Gerhart is powerful just by watching any video of him. However, the way he runs won’t cut it every time in the NFL. Men such as Patrick Willis would eat him for breakfast. Watching Gerhart run is like watching a nurse measure a five-year-old’s height, they both stand as tall as possible. With proper coaching Gerhart can fix these flaws though. This is a guy I wish Bobby Turner was still around for, but Eric Studesville is more than qualified as well. Gerhart also lacks elite speed, but his combine 40 time (4.53) was very impressive for his size (6’0, 230).
John Asamoah, G, Illinois
Montario Hardesty, Tennessee
Matt Tennant, C, Boston College
John Jerry, G, Ole Miss
Aaron Hernandez, TE, Florida
The selection of Gerhart would crowd the backfield before training camp just like last season. McDaniels will likely only keep three backs which will leave the injury prone vets J.J. Arrington and Correll Buckhaulter vulnerable.
What do you think Bronco fans? Like the prospect of Toby Gerhart? Who do you deem round three worthy? Drop a comment to let me know.