Posted Wed Apr 6th by Jon Heath
Personally, I’ve never been a big fan of mock drafts because (a) after the first 10 picks it’s hard to predict who will pick who, which in effect makes it nearly impossible to predict who will be available where, and (b) because it is absolutely impossible to foresee and predict draft day trades.
Thus, this is less of a Mock Draft than it is a Dream Draft, with no trades involved.
Round 1, second overall pick: Marcell Dareus, Alabama defensive tackle. Anyone who has read BroncoTalk over the past few weeks would know that I am a fan of Dareus and think he is the best defensive tackle in this years draft. With defensive tackle being Denver’s biggest need, the 6′3, 319 pound Dareus makes the most sense. [Video Highlights]
Round 2, thirty-sixth overall pick: Stephen Paea, Oregon State defensive tackle. If he falls out of the first round Denver would be wise to snatch Paea in the second. After a great combine though, Paea’s stock is rising and it may be wishful thinking that he won’t be selected in the first round. Coming in at 6′1 and 303 pounds, Paea would team up with Dareus to form one of the best defensive tackle combos in the league. [Video Highlights]
Round 2, forty-sixth overall pick: Allen Bailey, Miami defensive end. The Broncos had Bailey in for a visit this month and will be looking to address the front seven on defense early in the draft. Measuring 6′4 and weighing in at 288 pounds, Bailey played mostly defensive end in college but is expected to be able to play either defensive end or tackle in a 4-3 defense. Having played as linebacker and defensive lineman in Miami, Bailey is extremely versatile and could contribute immediately. [Video Highlights]
Round 3, sixty-seventh overall pick: Jaiquawn Jarrett, Temple University safety. Jarrett isn’t expected to go until the 4th round, however the Broncos don’t have a fourth round selection and Jarrett is worthy of being a third round selection. Broncos safeties Brian Dawkins and Renaldo Hillare aging and there isn’t much depth behind them. Jaiquawn Jarrett would provide excellent depth and become the eventual successor to Dawkins. [Video Highlights]
Other players to watch for:
Running backs Kendall Hunter (Oklahoma State) and DeMarco Murray (Oklahoma) have drawn interest from the Broncos and are predicted to be available in the mid rounds… Oregon linebacker Casey Matthews is also expected to be available in the mid rounds and could be a steal there… a quarterback… Baylor offensive tackle Danny Watkins has worked out for the team and if Ryan Harris is not retained the offensive tackle position becomes a huge need.
Why Denver Will Not Draft…
- LSU Cornerback Patrick Peterson
Denver’s defense is in shambles and the best way to fix it is by starting in the trenches and going from there. Plus, cornerback isn’t a huge need in Denver, especially compared to the defensive line and safety position.
- A Fullback
It is commonly agreed on in most circles that fullback is a position of need on the Broncos roster. However, I don’t see any issues with current fullback Spencer Larsen. Forgive my ignorance, but could you enlighten me as to why a fullback that can block, run, catch and contribute on special teams needs to be replaced? Drafting a backup fullback in the later rounds would be more understandable, but certainly not before then.
- Notre Dame Tight End Kyle Rudolph.
Similar to the fullback position, I don’t see tight end as much of a need on the Broncos roster. Granted there isn’t much depth at the position (Daniel Coats, Dan Gronkowski and Richard Quinnare the remaing three), but a “pass catching tight end” is not even used in Fox’s offense so using a high pick on one over a defensive player would be fool hardy.
Who do you have Denver taking with their first four picks? Share your thoughts in the comments!