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Published on 01/27/2011 at Thu Jan 27 12:39.
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Yesterday we talked about Patrick Peterson at the Senior Bowl.  Unfortunately, Peterson is a junior so we didn’t get to see him display his skills. However this doesn’t mean as Bronco fans we turn off our televisions or wi-fi. The Senior Bowl always provides a myriad of talent and future pro-bowlers. Below is a list of players I’m interested in seeing:

1. Cameron Jordan, DT, UCLA

Height/Weight: 6’4 – 287
Background: The son of Steve Jordan, a former tight end and six time pro-bowler for the Vikings.
Pros: Cam Jordan is a powerful, smart, and extremely versatile for a defensive tackle, he can play in the 3-4 or 4-3.
Cons: Jordan isn’t the fastest player on the line, and he served a one game suspension for in 2008 for the suspicion of driving under the influence.
Quote: “I’m a defensive lineman, a Sam backer, I’m whatever you need me to be,” Jordan said. “I can play the safety position, I don’t care. I like my hand being on the ground, I like being able to hit someone every play. Run after the running back, quarterback, I don’t care. If they have the ball, I’m going after him.”

2. Von Miller, OLB/DE, Texas A&M

Height/Weight: 6’3 – 237
Background: 2010 Butkus Award Winner
Pros: Von Miller is a sack magnet, he has notched 28 sacks in the past two years despite a scheme change going into the 2010 season.
Cons: Miller is very undersized, he can thank success stories like Elvis Dumervil and James Harrison for helping his first round status.
Quote: Mike Mayock: “He’s a guy to me that when you put the tape on, he defies gravity. He can bend, turn and get to the quarterback. There’s no doubt in my mind that from a perspective of rushing the quarterback, he can do that.”

3. Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue

Height/Weight: 6’3 – 260
Background: The Big Ten’s all-time leader in forced fumbles
Pros: Ryan Kerrigan has had a great career as defensive end in a 4-3 scheme, tallying 25 sacks in the past two seasons.
Cons: Kerrigan is aggressive player, but his aggressiveness can lead him to biting on the play and playing out of his position.
Quote: “I want (coaches and scouts) to see that I’m going to be someone who’s relentless, someone who’s going to give my all on every play, and someone who will make an impact on defense.”

That’s my list Bronco Nation. Who else are you excited to see play this Saturday?

  • http://broncotalk.net Kyle

    I shy away from Von Miller. We already have an undersized pass-rushing specialist; we don't need another one.

    (Particularly at #2 overall).

  • MrEast

    I agree, I'm just interested in seeing his performance on Saturday.

  • Danny moody

    A couple guys I want to watch, and they're not first rounders but they'll be in the meat and potatoes part of the draft. It's easy to get info on the top guys but the 2 threw 4 rounders have a much bigger impact than people realize.

    For the North

    Quinten Carter Oklahoma
    James Carpenter Alabama
    Titus Young Boise State
    Kendrick Bruney NC
    Kendell Hunter OK St.
    Mark Herzlich BC
    John Moffitt Wis
    Jalil Brown CU

    For the South

    Marcuc Gilchrist Clemson
    Ahmad Black FLA
    DJ Williams Ark
    Phil Taylor Baylor
    Jarvis Jenkins Clemson
    Rodney Hudson Fla St.

  • areferee

    I learned a long time ago to assess a players performance IN THE GAME, not during practice. The Broncos need “gamers”. Jarvis Moss comes to mind. He was not a gamer.

    Ask me again on Saturday evening, but for now, Cam Jordan intrigues me, if his strength measures up. He's a little light.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XYIDQTNF5BUNKFJBBNA74WA7EA Randy Schwimmer

    I must agree as well. I really hope that Carolina takes Fairley #1. That leaves Patrick Peterson for us to take. Move Champers over to FS, and we have another Rod Woodson in the making. Champ would be given the freedom to roam, and be the ball hawk he is. That would be amazing!

  • http://Facebook.com/BroncosZone Jon

    Took the words out of my mouth!

  • http://broncotalk.net Kyle

    It's not necessary to move Champ yet. A great corner is more valuable than a good safety. Still, if Peterson is BPA, get him.

  • http://Facebook.com/BroncosZone Jon

    I'm more interested in the Pro Bowl practices … Senior Bowl on Saturday and Pro Bowl on Sunday, what a great weekend!

  • Geoffhull

    I wish Peterson wasn't an underclassman because I'd love to see him play. But I like watching Titus Young (WR Boise St.) and Phil Taylor (DT Baylor). I think we could use a guy like Taylor but its unlikely he'll be available in the 2nd round. His stock has been skyrocketing.
    I like the idea above of moving Champ to safety if we can re-sign him. Peterson looks like the real deal at number 2. If Cox stays out of prison, we have a solid, young corner tandem with Hill (if he doesnt get cut) and Bailey, rotating with McBath (who looks like he'll be solid if he can stay healthy) at safety.
    We still need big time D-Line and LB help…the Senior Bowl could be a hot bed for guys we can take in the later rounds that could help add value.

  • Estes2SD

    Good call on Ryan Kerrigan from Purdue. Not sure how he will do in the NFL but I believe he played better than other DE Purdue stand outs in while in college. (Ray Edwards, Shaun Phillips and Anthony Spencer).

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  • ArtM

    what I would like to see is
    Round 1
    Patrick Peterson CB
    Round 2
    Pick 1 Phil Taylor, Drake Nevis, Corey Legit or Muhammad Wilkerson for our DT, I would prefer Taylor because he is huge and could be a FB in short yardarge situations
    Pick 2 Martez Wilson ILB
    Round 3
    Mark Herzlich OLB

    If we can get a 2nd or 3rd round pick for Orton
    Kyle Randolph TE

  • Arthurcmunoz

    Also if we can Jaquizz Rodgers in later round, even if we do get DeAngello Williams

  • Arthurcmunoz

    Also if we can Jaquizz Rodgers in later round, even if we do get DeAngello Williams

  • CJ

    I like Rahim Moore for a early second if hes still there

  • guest

    Look at the overall college production. Production is what is key. We need strong players who have had a nose for the big play. Look at the Colts. Mathis and Freeney both fit the undersized bill, yet they are 3 down players who produce. Add to that the fact that Miller could play the Joker position, rush linebacker in the 4-3 and now you have an added blitz dimension for our D. That creativity is what can make the 3-4 so dangerous. For my money he is a worthy top 5 pick, maybe not a 2, but he seems the real deal.

  • steeplebomb

    Agreed. +100. At this point I hope that they take Fairley. Everything I've read about the guy seems to indicate oodles of natural talent/strength but mediocre work ethic and character. One scout said he was the character equivalent of Jamarcus Cheeseburger playing DT. No thanks.

    I'll take Peterson any day. A secondary where goody is the nickel would be pretty baller.

  • MrEast

    Oh god I hope.

  • LevonZevon

    I agree with Kyle and areferee on both posts. Plus, Champ could help teach Peterson by example at CB and there is no rush to move him to safety (although Goodman is a bit under-rated in my opinion… considering our annually-absent pass-rush).

    Adrian Clayborn dominated in games but looked less effective in practices against the top Tackles this week.

    Anyone else notice the article listing James Harrison as under-sized?

    I wish we picked “under-sized” rookies like Ray Lewis and Harrison instead of our under-sized “bargains” like Darius Watts, Ashley Lelie, Ian Gold, Jarvis Moss, Elvis Dumervil, Tatum Bell and Knowshown Moreno.

    In other words, muscle may not show up on a height-weight listing, but its eminently preferable to thin-legged guys who can't get the push against the pros that they could manage on the college level.

    And linebackers, like running-backs, actually have an advantage being short (in terms of center-of-gravity). Michael Turner, MJD, Ray Lewis other examples all succeed because they have the extra muscle below the waist and in the shoulders.

    I just hope Elway starts seeing how the height and weight look in their actual dimensions instead of caring what the numbers say. Rod Smith was all legs and arms and looked and played like he was 6'3 (even though listed at 6'0). On the other hand, Brady Quinn's build is stooped and too compact so his 6'3 height really makes him look and play no bigger than 6'0. Then there's Roethlisberger who seems way bigger than his listed height and weight.

    Denver has been the 98-pound weakling for so long that we have forgotten how teams like Pittsburgh capitalize on workout warriors and added toughness (over, say, speed).

    Leave speed to the CB's and WR's. Denver needs granite.

  • LevonZevon

    I agree with Kyle and areferee on both posts. Plus, Champ could help teach Peterson by example at CB and there is no rush to move him to safety (although Goodman is a bit under-rated in my opinion… considering our annually-absent pass-rush).

    Adrian Clayborn dominated in games but looked less effective in practices against the top Tackles this week.

    Anyone else notice the article listing James Harrison as under-sized?

    I wish we picked “under-sized” rookies like Ray Lewis and Harrison instead of our under-sized “bargains” like Darius Watts, Ashley Lelie, Ian Gold, Jarvis Moss, Elvis Dumervil, Tatum Bell and Knowshown Moreno.

    In other words, muscle may not show up on a height-weight listing, but its eminently preferable to thin-legged guys who can't get the push against the pros that they could manage on the college level.

    And linebackers, like running-backs, actually have an advantage being short (in terms of center-of-gravity). Michael Turner, MJD, Ray Lewis other examples all succeed because they have the extra muscle below the waist and in the shoulders.

    I just hope Elway starts seeing how the height and weight look in their actual dimensions instead of caring what the numbers say. Rod Smith was all legs and arms and looked and played like he was 6'3 (even though listed at 6'0). On the other hand, Brady Quinn's build is stooped and too compact so his 6'3 height really makes him look and play no bigger than 6'0. Then there's Roethlisberger who seems way bigger than his listed height and weight.

    Denver has been the 98-pound weakling for so long that we have forgotten how teams like Pittsburgh capitalize on workout warriors and added toughness (over, say, speed).

    Leave speed to the CB's and WR's. Denver needs granite.