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My Denver Bronco Draft Predictions

January 15, 2009

I have been scouting the college football scene for the last few months as many of you know to get the best idea on how the NFL Draft will shape. With many different factors and months of work I have finally created my first Draft Predictions for the Denver Broncos. I hope I have explained everything well enough but feel free to leave any questions or comments. 

Round 1: Rey Maualuga, MLB, USC. Maybe the Broncos biggest need right now is Linebacker and Rey Maualuga in my opinion is the best Linebacker, maybe even the best player in the draft. Maualuga is a complete player and could start immediately not to mention bring an immediate impact to the Denver Broncos. If the Broncos were to make this type of pick then we could immediately change this defense for good.

Round 2: Louis Delmas, SS, Western Mich. Passing over a Safety in the first round is a hard thing to do but with a player like Louis Delmas in the second round it would take away a lot of the pain of doing so. Delmas is not a ball hawk but he is the only Safety in the entire class who specializes against the run and of them is the hardest tackler. Delmas could a lot of years be a first rounder but for now is simply a second rounder at best. With the terrible players we have at Safety he could start immediatly and make a big impact.

Round 3: Fili Moala, DT, USC. Teaming up Fili Moala and Rey Maualuga might be great. Moala is one of the most underrated Defensive Tackles in the draft and in the NFL might be a very productive player. He has good range and mobility and can slice through the Offensive Line and penetrate the Pocket. He is a productive pass rusher for the position of Defensive Tackle and has good size for his position. I could see him if he wanted to moving to the side at end if he really wanted to but would be just fine at Defensive Tackle. He would be a great pick for the Broncos

Jeremiah Johnson

Jeremiah Johnson

Round 4: Jeremiah Johnson, RB, Oregon. No not the mountain man. Jeremiah Johnson is a great Running Back from Oregon who has been a great addition to the Oregon running game. He has great instincts and vision with nice balance and a terrific stiff arm. We could easily fit him into our running game with a few other players carrying the ball for he has never really carried the ball and that might be a healthy way for him to grow into the NFL. He has potential to be return man and could fit in great with our team. He would be a great pick as he has played in a spread offense and would fit well into our new head coach’s offensive scheme.

Round 5: Chip Vaughn, FS, Wake Forest. The Broncos need to totally shuffle the Free Safety position. Chip Vaughn would be a good player to do that with. If we were to get Louis Delmas earlier in the second round it would be good to get another player opposite him at Free Safety. Vaughn is a tough and physical safety who also has potential to become a ball hawk. He is great against the run and can play all over the field. He does not have especially great speed but he is quite a hard hitter and could be one of those steals that the Broncos are so well known for getting in later rounds. By contributing into the run game Chip Vaughn would be a perfect addition to the Safety team. 

Round 5: Derek Walker, DE, Illinois. There is not any defensive position in this draft we do not need an upgrade at. Defensive End is just another one. But it is not as big as some other ones and therefore Derek Walker is a very good choice for the job. He is both a good run and pass rusher. I do not think that Walker could ever really start but he might be a decent player just to add some depth at the position. He has the basic skills and size where you might be able to find some use for him. Walker is only an average player but still is a great addition to the team.

Round 5: James Casey, TE, Rice. Nate Jackson, Chad Mustard, Jeb Putzier? Isn’t it time we drop the signings and resigns and on and off again relationships with these Tight Ends and sign somebody who could be a 3rd string Tight End and not get dropped every other week. We need a bit of stability and Casey could bring that. He has been an intense competitor for Rice and could be quite a good addition for the Broncos. Also Daniel Graham will be going into his tenth year where he might only be a starter for a couple more years. Casey could prepare as a decent replacement for Scheffler who is ready to replace Graham. 

Round 6: Mortty Ivy, OLB, West Virginia. The Broncos are looking for a big of defensive leadership and talent. Mortty Ivy could bring both. While by no means is Ivy a physical beast he has a nose for the mental aspect of the game and also is a great leader. The Broncos are in serious need of a good Strong Side Linebackers and while Ivy is not a very famous or flashy player he could still battle for a starting job in the NFL. Ivy has a good ball skills and could have potential as an NFL pass rusher. Ivy has a bit of an injury concern but I would not be that scared of it. His injuries have never been way too serious and he had enough drive to with a torn acl to play all 11 games of the 2007 season. 

Deon Butler

Round 7: Deon Butler, WR, Penn St. We have no need for a starting Wide Receiver but depth is always a good thing and there is reason besides that. Stokley is going into his 9th season and it is only a matter of time until he can not be an effective player in the league. Butler is fit for the Slot Receiver position with his small size and might be a perfect replacement for him in the near future. He is undersized for almost any other position at 5-10 and 168 pounds but playing the slot is perfect for him and he could even contribute in Special Teams. 

Round 7: Kendell Davis-Clark, CB, Michigan St. It is tough for our new coach Josh McDaniels to draft Defensive Players on his first shot but he might be intrigued by Davis-Clark even though he is not the most talented Cornerback you could get at this point. Josh McDaniels started his career in Michigan St. and would really like to get some Michigan St. alumni onto the team. Davis-Clark has injury concerns but is still a good tackler and can contribute into Special Teams and possibly succeed in a Nickel package. He can contribute into the run game and would be a very attractive pick to the coaching staff and scouts. 

So that’s it. This is what I think that the Broncos Draft will look like. We have a lot of likely picks and we will have a new one in a couple of months but until then I hope that this has satisfied your hunger for the best draft insight on the web. Feel free to leave comments. I am looking forward to hearing from you. 

  1. January 16, 2009 7:17 AM

    Deon Butler! Yeah! Let’s get him 🙂
    He #10 in my top 10 —

  2. January 16, 2009 12:13 PM

    I wanted Jonathan Stewart from Oregan last year, and we took Ryan Clady, then with the 13th pick the Panthers got him. So if you hopes are crushed, just see what happens.

  3. rich permalink
    January 16, 2009 10:21 PM

    we also have another 5th rounder and another 7th rounder.. possibly 2 5th’s if foxworth resigns with atlanta.. i think we’ll go BJ Raji in the first.. that is a True NT.
    than i love Delmas in the second… not sure about the rest of the draft yet..
    also if we dont take Raji.. id like Aaron Maybin.. that guy could be our starting OLB next year since we’ll be in the 3-4. Williams and Woodyard on the inside. than Maybin and possibly Suggs on the outside.. thats a nice LB core..

  4. Eric permalink
    January 24, 2009 10:57 AM

    I would love to have a guy like Maualuga. He is a fierce competitor, and always attaks the football. That is what we need the most, someone who can stop the ball. Our defense was horrible last year, if we stop the run this year we would probably win 11 or 12 games with our awesome offense.

  5. January 30, 2009 5:33 AM

    Jeremiah Johnson would be a nice guy to add (to our dozen other backs).

  6. Sports Professor permalink
    February 2, 2009 5:31 PM

    Ray is a huge value at LB, the DT from Boston College is proven to be a clog, and that can be a huge addition, and the kid from Mississippi, Peria Jerry, Ole Miss
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 290.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.94. is a nice addition in the second
    as well, and any of those could be a huge pick!
    BUT, IMO, safety in the secondary is the BIGGEST need! period, and that kid is Patrick Chung, Oregon…or Sean Smith, S/CB, Utah
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 214.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.50.
    Projected Round (2nd, 2009):and put him back there with Josh Barrett and Jack Williams; Denver will have a considerabl;e upgrade

  7. Sports Professor permalink
    February 2, 2009 5:38 PM

    I tell you…LB/tweener DE/LB is a strong position in the draft…the top ten inside and outside linebackers will be strong pros…

    we actually might see more LB’s drafted in the first round than WR or running backs!

    defense wins championships, and loses them, just ask the Cardinals and Pendergrast!

  8. Sports Professor permalink
    February 2, 2009 5:45 PM

    Deon Butler, Penn State

    Height: 5-10. Weight: 175.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.43.
    Projected Round (2009): 6.
    1/4/09: Despite the presence of Derrick Williams, Deon Butler was the best receiver on Penn State’s roster. The only reason he’s so low on this list is his size. However, given his work ethic and skill set, he’ll be hard to cut. Could be the next Troy Brown.

    10/19/08: Deon Butler actually leads the team in receiving. He had eight grabs for 105 yards against Michigan.

    5/22/08: Probably the most talented Nittany Lion receiver in this draft class. Unfortunately, Deon Butler’s lacking size hurts his draft stock.

    2007: Everyone always doubts Deon Butler because of his size, but Butler managed to lead the Nittany Lions in receiving last season with 48 catches and 637 yards. Butler actually had more success as a freshman (691 yards, nine touchdowns), but his production picked up at the end of the year, as Anthony Morelli matured. In fact, Butler had 11 catches for 216 yards in a 33-7 victory against Northwestern. Butler’s size will restrict him to the third or fourth rounds, despite the fact that he has the tools of a first-rounder. Definitely a sleeper.

    this is a huge pick in the 6th round…reminds me of the slot play for NE, WES WELKER

    also a huge upside offensive player to play in the new Broncos formation with McDaniels quick trigger passes is Pat white…Yes Pat White, West Virginia…He’d be a huge player much like Randle-El, KR, PR, WR, FLanker,

  9. 40 Years Fan permalink
    February 3, 2009 6:52 AM

    I doubt that Delmas will be there in the 2nd round. Many boards have him projected as the best S in the class and think he will go in the late 1st. I think that Rey is a great 1st round pick and that Raji will be gone before we pick at 12. I think that we should then draft Ron Brace (Boston College) with pick 48. He is a huge force in the middle that did not recieve a lot of attention because he played on the same team as Raji. I would then fill out or defensive needs with a S, either Patric Chung (Oregon) or Kevin Ellison (USC) in the third round.

    • February 3, 2009 3:57 PM

      I respectfully disagree about Delmas… He is probably second to William Moore and or Rashad Johnson. Also, Patrick Chung might not be available in the second round. A good sleeper in the third round would be David Bruton at Safety. Ron Brace would like you said also be a great pick.

  10. Robert permalink
    April 17, 2009 6:34 AM

    you do know now the broocos have 2 picks in the first round? I think 2 in the 3rd and no pick in the 5th? but it dose give info on the players u selected and why they should be drafted. If I was going to grade this as a good possabillity I still rate it 8-10. why 8-10 and not a 10-10? one reason. our coach is offensive. I hope your right and we should get the picks u selected but I have a bad feeling we going to get anouther QB. looking at our coach, first round. and its going to hurt us. alote. but nice job. I wish u were picking for the broncos.

    • April 17, 2009 7:40 AM

      This one is out of date… We have a new one that you can view…

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