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2010 Denver Bronco Draft Predictions #1

November 20, 2009

Rolando McClainThe college football season is closing, and that means that our scouting will be done for the season followed by an overflow of scouting reports. But first, I thought I would share with you my first set of Denver Bronco Draft Predictions otherwise known as my Denver Broncos Mock Draft. Last season we didn’t get one pick right, which was sad assuming the year before we got 3. But I digress… And here are my premature picks:

Round 1: Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama. I’ve been scouting McClain for a while now, but it didn’t really occur to me until today while I was watching the Alabama game at my local sports bar, that he would be a great pick for the Denver Broncos. Duh. The thing that McClain has going for him is that not only is he a great fit for the 3-4 but he could realistically play any Linebacker position that Mike Nolan would want him to. He reminds me a great deal of Patrick Willis who Nolan drafted back in San Francisco so it isn’t hard to imagine McClain playing for him. The various skills that he brings spread all across the board from pass rushing to pass coverage. And on top of all of that, he is extremely solid against the run. If he is available when the Broncos pick, no way they pass on him. 

Round 2: Mike Iupati, OG, Idaho. With this probably being Ben Hamiltons last year in Denver and maybe even Chris Kupers, the Broncos will be looking seriously at some Offensive Guard prospects early in the draft. And they will find that there is no better Offensive Guard in this draft that Mike Iupati from Idaho. Mike Iupati is not necessarily polished enough to start in his first year, but he has a big frame and long arms, so when developed, he could be one of the best Offensive Guards in the NFL. He has a big impact in the run game, opening holes for whoever is in the backfield. On top of that, he is strong in the passing game too. With a stronger power blocking scheme in Denver, it would be surprising if they didn’t draft an Offensive Guard in the first two rounds. Iupati is a great player who they can develop and turn into a star under Offensive Line coach Rick Dennison. 

Round 3: Alex Carrington, DE, Arkansas St. Finding a good 5 technique Defensive End in the mid-rounds of the draft is really hard to do, so if one is available in the 3rd round like Alex Carrington and the Broncos need one, they can’t pass him up. Last year, the Broncos wanted Tyson Jackson a 5 technique defensive end from LSU. That didn’t work out when the Chiefs reached for him with the 3rd overall pick. The Broncos ended up leaving the draft without one, and still could use one. Carrington has never played great competition as he played in the Sun Belt conference. But there he recorded a conference high 19.5 tackles for a loss in the season, 11 of them being sacks. If he can build off his great senior year with a solid combine and a Senior Bowl invite, the sky is the limit for Carrington. He is definitely a player for the Broncos to keep an eye on in the draft.

Round 4: Jordan Shipley, WR, Texas. The sad truth is, Brandon Stokley can’t play for much longer and in my opinion, Kenny McKinley isn’t the answer at slot receiver. Josh McDaniels, should be searching for a great slot receiver in the draft next year and Jordan Shipley would be a great choice in the 4th round. He reminds many scouts of Brandon Stokley with his great hands, and size. Shipley isn’t fast but he is as agile as they come. He is one of the best in the NCAA at getting yards after the catch, something that is key in Josh McDaniels offense. Shipley could immediately contribute on special teams too-He has been a kick returner at Texas and a good one to boot. His only problem is that he is seriously injury prone. He had to write to the NCAA asking for an extra year of eligibility due to time lost due to injury which is the reason that he will be entering the NFL at age 24. He’d be a good pick here.

Round 6: Keiland Williams, RB, LSU. It is possible that Josh McDaniels wants a few more go-to running backs than Knowshon Moreno and Correll Buckhalter and since he is not using Peyton Hillis at all, and only putting Lamont Jordan on the field once or twice a game, I am under the impression that we might be looking for a new 3rd string running back next April. When looking for one though, Josh McDaniels should keep his eye out for a couple of things: First, he should try to find an underrated player. By this I mean, he should draft a small school back or a running back that never was the undisputed starter. McDaniels shouldn’t draft any boom or bust players, but instead someone that not many people have heard of, but displays big talent. Second, we need to draft a running back with balance. We need a running back with an excellent center of gravity that is Michael Turner-esque. I would like to see someone that Bobby Turner could develop over time to replace Correll Buckhalter. Finally, we need a big running back. Correll Buckhalter is barely 6 feet, and doesn’t use that to his advantage, because he can’t. Someone tall like Keiland Williams, who is 6-1 could bring a big punch to the running game. In fact, he fits right into the other two categories as well making him one of the best picks in the draft so far. 

Round 7: Kade Weston, NT, Georgia. At 6-5 and 315, Kade Weston is a great fit for Mike Nolans 3-4 scheme. But let me tell you, they don’t come as raw as Weston. He is undeveloped, and is not polished at anything, but he does have one thing: production. He has sacks, tackles for losses and is a beast in almost every single category. He has displayed a lot of potential but for now doesn’t have the proper skills to play in the NFL. That said, with the right coaching from Mike Nolan and company, he could have a very good career down the road. 

  1. mr. me permalink
    November 20, 2009 8:11 PM

    what? no tim tebow!?? lol hes better than orton and simms

    • November 20, 2009 8:19 PM

      First off he doesn’t fit the system at all.

      Second, he won’t be available when we pick because either the ‘Skins or the Jags will get him before us.

      • November 21, 2009 7:16 AM

        I have a question, what is “our system”?
        And is it working that good that we couldn’t change it up?

  2. November 21, 2009 2:10 PM

    Love this mock and I’d be really happy with this if it happened. Thanks for the article Garrett 🙂

  3. Dustin permalink
    January 4, 2010 2:07 PM

    This is a great mock-draft, i also have rolando mcclain as our 1st round pick and i like the jorda shipley in the 4th, he reminds me of a biggger wes welker, which is why i think McDaniels would draft him!

  4. Sean permalink
    January 14, 2010 5:17 PM

    Love the mock draft and I agree with almost everything youre throwing out there. I dont really know about the running back in my opinion though thats kinda of a questionable move but if hed be the best give him blue and orange.


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