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Published on 04/20/2010 at Tue Apr 20 05:27.
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Three days… it’s getting quite grueling now. All I can really think about is the draft, every bad hair piece reminds me of Mel Kiper. I’ve already gone through the first three rounds so now it’s time to move on to the fourth and fifth.

Round 5

In the spirit of tradition, I am going to assume that these players below have been selected by Denver in the first three rounds:

Pick 11: Rolando McClain, ILB, Alabama
Pick 43: Demaryius Thomas, WR, Georgia Tech
Pick 45: Tim Tebow, QB, Florida
Pick 80: Toby Gerhart, RB, Stanford

If the draft goes like this then Denver has address some key position skills and now need to turn their attention over to their ailing offensive line. The great thing about offensive linemen is that you can find starters in the late rounds (Jeff Saturday was undrafted and Matt Birk was a 6th round pick). So who does Josh McDaniels and Brian Xanders target come Sunday? Who will Denver acquire with their fourth and fifth round picks?

Pick 114: Matt Tennant, C, Boston College

It wouldn’t surprise me at all if Matt Tennant falls this far due to his smaller frame.


Matt Tennant acquired a lot of experience in his five year career at Boston College. He played very well and was healthy enough to start 41 games in a row. Tennant has great technique and high work ethic. It’s hard to find a play where Matt Tennant didn’t give it his all.


Tennant has a small and lanky frame. Teams in the NFL, and especially the Broncos, will require him to gain around 10-15 more pounds. Without the extra muscle Tennant could really get bossed around by 3-4 nose tackles.

Other Possibilites

Eric Olsen, G/C, Notre Dame

Dennis Pitta, TE, BYU

Roster Impilications

None really, seeing how there’s no centers.

Pick 137: Mike Johnson, G, Alabama

Unless a player like John Jerry is available Mike Johnson should be the pick.


Johnson is a massive player who did very well in Alabama’s system. His size should allow for him to be a more than adequate power blocker (6’5, 305). Johnson was the most experienced blocker for the national championship winning Alabama Tide. Keep in mind that Johnson also blocked for Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram. Johnson is also a smart player, he had a perfect 4.0 GPA in high school. Josh McDaniels values players of this caliber and his friendship with Nick Saban is also another factor to consider.


Johnson may be the most experienced but he’s not considered to be the most talented. Scouts question his pass blocking skills at the NFL level. Last season Johnson played next to first round pick Andre Smith which some analysts think may have made him look better than he is. Johnson was very much a developmental player at Alabama which turns off other teams from drafting him early.

Other Possibilities

Mitch Petrus, G, Arkansas

Brandon Carter, Texas Tech

Roster Implications

Any picks at offensive tackle shouldn’t affect this roster too much.

Rounds four and five are done and round six will be up tomorrow. On Thursday I will have a final (probably revised) mock of who the Broncos are taking, and a final first round mock. Follow Bronco Talk (@BroncoTalk) and myself (@Mr_East_BT) on Twitter for draft updates.

That’s two more rounds for you. What do you think Bronco fans? Who goes in rounds 4 and 5?

  • kerry

    off subject but this takes precedence. today is the 11th anniversary of the Columbine shooting. raise a beer for those lost on this day 11 years ago. honor and cherish their memory.

    to those lost on this day 11 years ago, I SALUTE THEE!

  • mikebirty

    Good draft so far, apart from Tebow. I also think that Tennant and Gerhart will have to be taken one pick earlier I can't see Tennant being on the board on day 3

  • Mergrath

    I would be extatic if these players were all on the board when we pick! I do however have a hard time believing that besides McClain, that any of these players will be available in those slots…but you never know.

  • MrEast

    I think Tennant will fall because of his size. J.D. Walton will be taken after Pouncey in the late 2nd round to mid 3rd. Also Johnson is a lunch pail player and those guys usually fall as well. However, it's not always the case.

  • Mergrath

    I've seen where (all though I dissagree) allot of people have Tennant rated higher than Walton. With that said, I seriously consider him being a solid 3rd rounder. You are probably right on Johnson though. I have a feeling that Pittsburgh will take Demaryius Thomas in the first, Tebow will not be there at 45 following his pro day and Gerhart…well maybe? He would be an absolute steal at 80! I can't wait…2 more days!

  • MrEast

    I completely can see all of what you said happening, that is why I love the draft. It feels like an eternity though!

  • Mergrath

    It does…doesn't it! LOL

    If Gerhart isn't there, I would love a serving of Ben Tate!

    This big man can run!

  • Hope

    who ever mock draft that is up top is an idiot.

  • ETL

    Sorry he doesn't have Kyel Orten going in the 1st.

  • NMBronc


    It is good to dream. Tennant in the 4th would be a steal.

    Fingers crossed.

  • TheTroglodyte

    Kerry I am impressed. I too shall honor their memory. Thank you for posting this.

  • TheTroglodyte

    You should read the book “How to win friends and influence people”

  • mikey55

    I hate to be a downer on your draft east but i really don't see any of these picks coming true! haha i just really see us drafting down outta 11 for someone who might have a big hard on for clausen… ( kinda like how we got jay cutler) after the top ten his dollar sign drops hugeee. and we can drop comfortable to the late teens maybe early 20s n grab an iupati or a maurkice pouncey without looking like total retards for drafting interior O at 11 n we could potentially pick up another 2nd… I don't see demaryius lasting that long into the 2nd especially considering he is considering to some as the top WR and would have to go past the top 5 teams who could all use a WR. wouldn't st louiis love to get bradford a draft mate / weapon in him with the first of the 2nd? i see us grabbing arellius Benn has been compared to anquan boldin. which is what we really lost in marshall was that bigg possesion YAC receiver. not necessarily a strecther/ burner. and there is plenty of young 3-4 D line talent available in the 2nd… maybe we package up our two 2's n get back into the late first and steal terrence cody from the chargers! that would be awesome! because we would get a potential future stud nose tackle ( yes i know the weight issues but kris jenkins and shaun rogers had em too and somehow found there way into the probowl there first year in the nfl in a 3-4 nose in 2008 with the jets n browns) and the chargers wouldn't get him woo

  • MrEast

    I almost had Benn over Thomas but Benn might be gone by then. Also Thomas produced at a much higher level in college and McDaniels admires that more. I hope for Benn over Thomas too though.

    I plan on revising my picks and making of a post of it on Thursday. It's always good to review all the rounds and see what might be there and then take crack at it again.

  • 12508


  • CJ

    12508 thats possibly the worst idea i have ever read on this site

  • Gary R.

    Well, here's a worse one.

    “Hello, Jerry Angelo? Tell Jay that all's forgiven and we want him back in exchange for our entire-draft, Ricky Williams-style.”

  • nogopostal

    How about this..KC wants an OL right?
    We give one of our 2nds to move up. KC drafts an OL at #11 and get an extra 2nd…At #5? Josh drafts Clausen who can learn during Orton's last year.

  • MrEast

    Hahahahaha! I love it.

  • MrEast

    I don't think McD is a Clausen fan. I don't blame him either, he's got more hype than talent.

  • nogopostal

    How about this..KC wants an OL right?
    We give one of our 2nds to move up. KC drafts an OL at #11 and get an extra 2nd…At #5? Josh drafts Clausen who can learn during Orton's last year.

  • MrEast

    Hahahahaha! I love it.

  • MrEast

    I don't think McD is a Clausen fan. I don't blame him either, he's got more hype than talent.