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Published on 04/24/2012 at Tue Apr 24 10:23.
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The BroncoTalk 2012 Fan-Interactive Mock Draft is nearing its end as we approach the real NFL draft on Thursday, April 26. Finally, at position #30, the Denver Broncos are on the clock.

The Denver Broncos were previously on the clock at their appropriate position of Pick 25; in our mock, the San Francisco 49ers traded up from 30 to 25, giving the Broncos their second and third round picks to do so. Now the Broncos pick 30th, or third to last, but have a pair of picks in both the second and third rounds to make up for it. Maybe they can even package those picks to move back into the first round…?

First thing’s first. Who’s out there for the Broncos (and GM gmunny33) to snatch? Let’s take a look.

Best Players Available — Mel Kiper’s Big Board

There are still four players left on Mel Kiper’s most recent Big Board (which only goes 25 deep).

  • Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina (12)
  • Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse (19)
  • Bobby Massie, OT, Ole Miss (21)
  • Lavonte David, LB, Nebraska (24)

We covered Gilmore in-depth here, while also breaking down CB Janoris Jenkins, who is also available. Those would be value picks for the Broncos at 30. (Gilmore has been skyrocketing up draft boards very late, so it’s no surprise that GM’s two weeks ago weren’t picking him where he’s currently slotted.)

Best Player Available — Mike Mayock’s Rankings

Top 5 remaining

  • Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina (8)
  • Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse (9)
  • Doug Martin, RB, Boise State (17)
  • Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State (26)
  • Vinny Curry, DE, Marshall (30)

Based on Need — Mike Mayock’s Positional Rankings

Now let’s look at some of the Broncos’ presumed needs heading into Thursday, and which players are available. We’ll look at DT, RB, CB, and S.

Defensive Tackles

  1. Fletcher Cox, Mississippi State – Drafted
  2. Dontari Poe, Memphis – Drafted
  3. Jerel Worthy, Michigan State
  4. Michael Brockers, LSU — Drafted
  5. Devon Still, Penn State

Running Backs

  1. Trent Richardson, Alabama – Drafted
  2. Doug Martin, Boise State
  3. David Wilson, Virginia Tech
  4. LaMichael James, Oregon
  5. Isaiah Pead, Cincinnati


  1. Morris Claiborne, LSU – Drafted
  2. Stephon Gilmore, South Carolina
  3. Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama – Drafted
  4. Casey Hayward, Vanderbilt
  5. Trumaine Johnson, Montana


  1. Mark Barron, Alabama – Drafted
  2. Harrison Smith, Notre Dame – Drafted
  3. Brandon Taylor, LSU
  4. DeQuan Menzie, Alabama
  5. Phillip Thomas, Syracuse

BroncoTalk’s Draft Coverage

Finally, we’ve profiled a lot of players over the last few weeks as we prepare for the draft. Let’s look at the status of some of those players we’ve highlighted.

Defensive Tackles

  • Jerel Worthy, Michigan State
  • Devon Still, Penn State

Both defensive tackles are still available, so we could definitely go that route.

Running Back

  • Doug Martin, Boise State
  • David Wilson, Virginia Tech

Both running backs we highlighted are also available, though the stock of both Martin and Wilson fluctuates depending on who you ask. Some, like Mayock, have Martin as a Top 20 prospect. Others have him ranked in the mid-2nd round.

Other positions

  • Dont’a Hightower, ILB, Alabama – Drafted
  • Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin
  • Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama
  • Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor – Drafted
  • Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford

Konz would be an intriguing fit at #30. ProFootballFocus listed Center as the Broncos’ top need heading into the draft.

Who should the Broncos pick given this scenario? The GM’s pick will drop at 1:30 p.m. MT, so check back then to see how the Broncos fared!

Who should the Broncos select in the BT Interactive Mock Draft?

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  • Anonymous

    Tough choice between Martin and Gilmore.  Had to go with Martin because after McGahee there really is not much there.

  • Monty

    Gilmore’s stock has skyrocketed. Either it was an oversight on my part in previous Big Board comments (very possible) or he wasn’t on Kiper’s Top 20 a week ago. I think it may be the latter.

  • Monty

    At 25 Martin may be a reach but it is a bit more justified at 30 IMO…

  • Anonymous

    If Gilmore falls this far no way we pass him up.  I doubt he will make it past #15 though.  

  • Suared

    Still. watch the tape???

  • Monty

    If Gilmore hadn’t fallen I would have voted Still or Worthy.

  • Displaced Fan

    Trade back into the first round with our second round picks, take Worthy and Still back to back.

  • Tom9798

    With John Elways ‘no need’ statement at DT (could be smoke) and Brian Dawkin’s retirement, I had to go with Gilmore.  Like the idea of trading up to get Worthy, but I don’t see that happening.

  • Scott from Oregon

    Given how JE has been talking lately, you have to think “who would be a higher rated overall player.”  I don’t think you can say Martin is higher rated than Gilmore.  Pick would definitely be Gilmore.

  • Displaced Fan

    Yeah, good call. Didn’t think about Dawk’s retirement. Still like the trade up to get two picks in the 30-32 range… maybe Gilmore and a DT or Konz.

  • Anonymous

    It’s gotta be Gilmore here. 

  • Anonymous

     Who is going to give the most bang on day 1?  Martin in the backfield with Manning.  Maybe we can revive the M&M connection?

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  • Mk602941

    The Broncos should pick a CB or a Safety.   I think if he is still free Stephen Gilmore in the first round

  • Mk602941

    A good Safety would be Brandon Taylor.

  • Ninjaix

    Gilmore is the obvious choice. Reyes can be had in the 2nd with worthy and Still falling we have even more options in the 2nd for DT. I think Gilmore can be the best CB in the draft. We drafted 2 safeties last year and added Adams I don’t see Broncos taking a Saftey in this draft. Carter Moore Adams Bruton Bush and likely add Undrafted FA. And please please take Ta’amu in the 3rd!!!!

  • Lnbig10

    Janoris Jenkins all day then jerel and if we get lucky sneak in either another DT or choose some offense b/w colby fleener or stephen hill