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Published on 03/28/2012 at Wed Mar 28 21:07.
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Michael Brockers

LSU defensive lineman Michael Brockers looks on at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis on Monday, Feb. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Two of the Denver Broncos‘ biggest needs heading into the 2012 NFL Draft are widely considered to be defensive tackle and running back, and that’s exactly how one of ESPN’s draft gurus sees the Broncos picking in Rounds One and Two.

Todd McShay’s latest two-round mock draft dropped today, and he has the Broncos selecting LSU defensive tackle Michael Brockers in the first round and Virginia Tech running back David Wilson in the second.

25. Denver Broncos – Michael Brockers, DT, LSU
The interior defensive line is clearly the Broncos’ biggest need, and Brockers could prove to be a steal at this point. He has a big (6-5, 323), well-proportioned frame and better mobility than his production indicates, and, with some coaching and time in the weight room, Brockers could become a force.

BT Analysis: By most accounts, Brockers had a terrible combine, and he only has one season under his belt as a starting defensive lineman (he converted from linebacker). He’s a big boom-or-bust, high-risk, high-reward prospect. But he was considered the top defensive tackle in the draft heading into the heavy draft scouting season, and it’s been said that “few players carry as much potential and upside as Brockers.”

He improved his numbers during his Pro Day, so if this once-Top 10 shoo-in falls to 25, it could prove to be a boon for the DT-light Broncos.

57. Denver Broncos – David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech

BT Analysis: Wilson is a hard worker, a former track star, and a record-setting running back at Virginia Tech. Most importantly, though: he’s proven healthy. With Knowshon Moreno battling the injury bug in his early career and Willis McGahee on the wrong side of 30, the Broncos are in need of a young, healthy back. Furthermore, Wison is said to not quite be ready for full-time NFL duty yet, so he’d fit well in the Broncos’ rotation with McGahee and Moreno.

Some rankings project Wilson in the late first round, so if he falls this far into the second, he’d be a steal for the Broncos. In McShay’s mock, CB Trumaine Johnson also fell to this position; need might cause the Broncos to look in this direction instead.

What’s your take on these two draft picks? Would you be satisfied if the Broncos net this DT and RB in the first two rounds of the 2012 NFL Draft?

  • Anonymous

    This is vastly less entertaining than last year picking at 2. I am glad we didn’t earn that spot again but still…sucks.

  • Anonymous

    Gotta say, David Wilson looks pretty darn good.  So does Lamar Miller, and I still like LaMichael James.  Surely an explosive, compact back will be available in round 2.

  • http://broncotalk.net Monty

    We wouldn’t have Peyton Manning if we were 4-12…..

    “ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?!” :)

  • Rbschaeffer22

    Obviously, Denver is looking for a 3-down back that has more receiver in him than a runner. 

  • Rbschaeffer22

    1. David Wilson 
    2. Isaiah Pead
    3. LaMicheal James 

  • Anonymous

    LOL!

  • http://thingsatrexdoes.tumblr.com Mike Birtwistle

    I never like to hear “only has one season under his belt” or ”boom-or-bust” about a draft pick.

    Just pick safe and sensible.

    I’d rather have a less exciting but safe pick – taking risks in the draft lead to drafting Jarvis Moss, Maurice Claret, Richard Quinn and Alphonso Smith.

  • http://thingsatrexdoes.tumblr.com Mike Birtwistle

    I’ve seen some commenters here use those exact words as a means of bashing Knowshon Moreno.  If healthy he should surprise a few people this year.

  • Man_one

    If you qualify ‘risk’ as giving draft power to a head coach with a horrible scouting acumen.

  • Man_one

    Just him being healthy would surprise more than a few.

  • Man_one

    I would rather be 4-12 and draft Trent Richardson any day of my life. Love watching that guy run the ball. Plus, then we would just take Weeden with our early second. He was all that gave me hope early in the year until that pesky Tebow kid came in and ruined my dreams for a top five pick.

    Weeden + Richardson + $38 mil in cap

    Sounds nicer than our current

    Manning + McGahee + the rights to some orbiting space junk

    But it’s a win now business. Let’s just hope all of our defensive holes don’t become too big of a pain in the neck for Manning.

  • Man_one

    McShay must like the Broncos a lot since both players are much higher on his and almost everyone else’s “big board”

    I could see us taking Doug Martin (most complete 3 down back b.sides t.rich) at 25 or Chris Polk at 57. It seems like everyone in the world is picking Brockers to fall to us. So much so I’m actually starting to beleive it could happen, when in reality I SHOULD know that means there is no way it will happen. Guy is a wet noodle though. Falls all over himself and ends up on the ground (without making a tackle) every other play. He does have loads of potential but progress could be trying of the patience. He 100% came out of school to early. I don’t want him.

  • Anonymous

    Brandon… Weeden? Do you mean, grandpa?

  • Anonymous

    Agreed. I would love a guy who can start from day one.

  • Anonymous

    Seriously.  I see no upside to a rook who’s nearly 30.  His athletic prime has come and gone. 

  • Anonymous

    You’d rather have two rooks and pointless cap space than a top five all time QB, a guy who went for 4.8 YPC and a legit shot at a SB?

    Defense does not win championships.  

  • Anonymous

    Just say NO to Knowshow… Get’em outta there already. I’ve said since he was drafted he’d be a bust and I still say so. Let him go to the Raiders to die out his career or something. Its dead weight that we don’t need around here. Period.

  • Anonymous

    Just say NO to Knowshow… Get’em outta there already. I’ve said since he was drafted he’d be a bust and I still say so. Let him go to the Raiders to die out his career or something. Its dead weight that we don’t need around here. Period.

  • Simmrp

    draft brockers in the first; and either lamichael james in the second or third(if you think you can him there). fill in another DT position in the third or second round depending on what you do with LMJ. then draft QB foles from Arizona in the 5th or 6th round.

  • Anonymous

    Good point… We don’t usually pick the Von kind of guy, but I do think they exist in the later rounds. If they didn’t why even have a draft, we just don’t seem to find them!

  • Anonymous

    I’m tired of drafting “potential” as well. Of course if we keep trying one of these days when we draft “potential” its bound to actually work out ;-)…

  • Anonymous

    Everyone is drafting potential.  From the first to the last pick.

  • 5280

    I’m completely not feeling brokers. I’d rather have fletcher cox being as Poe will be gone. And spare me the “workout warrior” BS. When a 346 lbs man runs a 40 yard dash in 4 seconds and 89 seconds everyone else can go fly a kite. Plus s feet were impeccable, and he moves in and out of his cuts like butter, and 44 reps at 225 is strong enough. Everything else is learnable. I.e Jason Pierre Paul. Dude had a great combine and went off the board late and look at him now. Not wanting Poe is like not wanting stephen hill because he’s a “workout warrior.”. Again, at 6’4 214 and running a 4.30 flat in the 40 it don’t really matter. Poe will be gone though. I see them taking cox and instead of a running back with their 2nd rounder I’d like to see them take another DT. Make Martin and nick perry might still be there. With running backs sure to drop in the draft because of need we might find ourselves looking at lamarr miller in the 3rd or we might be able to trade back up into the late 2nd for him or Polk. I just would rather see them sure up DT in a major way. I understand that probably won’t happen though. If they take a RB in the 2nd I’d rather it be miller or Polk though. Martin is to small for my taste.

  • Anonymous

    That age would be the prime for a boxer. 

  • William39187

    No to Wilson the only player in this draft that I have any intrest in is.

    Lamar Miller – RB – From the U

  • SuaRed

    1# Michael Brockers
    2# Trumaine Johnson
    3# Isaiah Pead

    This woould be bliss!

  • Anonymous

    Fare enough… Ours just seems to not pan out then, unless of course you draft 2nd and get a dude named Von…lol.

  • Rbschaeffer22

    Don’t forget the possibility of an OG in the first round

  • Anonymous

    Ice-T?

  • Anonymous

    Ice-T?

  • Anonymous

     Every fan thinks that about their team.  It just happens to be more accurate if you’re the Browns.

  • Joe1avs

     4 seconds and 89 seconds?  I take it you mean 4.89 seconds? :).

  • Joe1avs

     And how is Martin too small for your taste?  The guy is 5’10 and weighs 220 lbs.  How is that small?  He is a solid Ray Rice/MJD type back.   Height doesn’t matter when you are a thick legged bowling ball.

    Most backs are between 200-220 anyway. 

  • Ninjaix

    Sorry man i like your thinking but your value system is way off. Cox is arguably the best DT in the draft and will be gone by 25 by us if available no way he falls to the 2nd. Same for Perry. Miller is also a projected 1st rounder might fall to early second depending on who is high on Martin but now way does he fall to the 3rd. Polk is a slim possibility in the 3rd but much more likely mid to late 2nd after his personal work outs with the scouts.

    1. Still – figure he will be the best available DT at 25
    2. Polk/Martin/Wilson best available Rb im hoping for Polk
    3. Alameda Ta’amu is my pick here as I like his size and power

    imagine Still at 305 and Ta’amu at 335 next to each other how many RB will get through those beasts!!!!

  • Anonymous

    A OG… Never happen in the first. Well maybe I suppose all the way out at 25.

  • http://broncotalk.net Monty

    Check the 1984-1985 drafts. Back-to-back years where the #2 overall pick were guards.

    The evolution of the game and what positions are more important nowadays fascinates me!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QCEG2QX2FUSW6I4ZSMUAQKPWRY brian

    we need DTACKLE first, Corner second, RB 3rd. both 4th rounders should be Gaurd then Center. 5th round Dtackle. then 2 6th rounders could go anywhere.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QCEG2QX2FUSW6I4ZSMUAQKPWRY brian

    we need DTACKLE first, Corner second, RB 3rd. both 4th rounders should be Gaurd then Center. 5th round Dtackle. then 2 6th rounders could go anywhere.

  • Anonymous

    “The evolution of the game and what positions are more important nowadays fascinates me!”

    For sure me too! Thats where the never happen came from. Trust me when I say I didn’t write or mean that as an “I know everything” thing… I for sure don’t, just not the way things happen these days.

  • Anonymous

    Agree on the DT first but worry about what a reach it could be back there. Would go RB second however as CB that late is prolly a bit of a reach as well. Doesn’t mean none can turn out though. Plus our pick up of Tracy Porter helps there, a bunch.

    I will as always watch with eager anticipation none-the-less and hope for good things. I think it would be fun to go to the draft once just to check it out live.

  • Auboss

    Peyton Manning a couple of years ago hell yes. Peyton Manning now is a big risk for the team to take and if it doesn’t come off they are screwed for the next few years.

  • Auboss

    Yea the system with Manning at QB suits Morenos game perfectly. So many haters on him who forget that when he was on the field he actually played very well.
    I will love to see him stay healthy this season and if he does he will dominate.

  • Auboss

    Totally agree. Devon Still has always been my choice.
    Proven over several seasons of college not a major bust candidate like Brockers.