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FINAL 2010 Denver Broncos Mock Draft

April 20, 2010

It’s finally come. The NFL Draft will begin in two days. That is why I thought I would give you my final Denver Broncos mock draft before the real thing happens. The majority of the players are on the Draft Prospect visit list, and also have scouting reports, so if you want more info, check those out.

1st round: Maurkice Pouncey, C, Florida. Everyone will call this a big reach, but when you think for a little while, it really isn’t. If Pouncey is the best Center prospect of the decade, which many think he will be, how could this be a reach? I think anyone would spend a top 15 pick on a positions best player for a decade, even if it is a Center. The truth is, the Broncos don’t really have a choice with this pick. At this point, the Broncos have absolutely no one to snap the ball. There is no doubt that Pouncey should be available, and he is the best in the draft, so let’s fill our biggest need and get one of the best Centers in NFL history.

2nd round (43): Arrelious Benn, WR, Illinois. I want this pick to be Damian Williams, a Wide Receiver out of USC. He may be my favorite player in the draft and I think he will be one of the best in the league in a couple of years. Something tells me though, that Josh McDaniels will take the other route with this pick, and instead of taking the best receiver available, he will see this pick as more of an opportunity to replace Brandon Marshall. Arrelious Benn is the best possession receiver in the draft, and by far one of the most physical. He can fight for extra yards, but he has one thing Marshall doesn’t have which was a big frustration for McDaniels. He has amazing hands. He is reliable, and will barely ever drop the ball. Benn is a good Wide Receiver, and despite my desire for Williams, this is still a good pick.

2nd round (45): Tyson Alualu, DL, Cal. Everyone thinks that the Broncos feel secure with their defensive line after adding a bounty of depth over free agency. That said, McDaniels never stops at just a bit of depth. I think that McDaniels’s goal every year is to make at least one position the most deep in the NFL. Last year it was running back with Knowshon Moreno, Correll Buckhalter, LaMont Jordan, J.J Arrington (didn’t play) and Peyton Hillis. This year, it may be defensive end with Jarvis Green, Ryan McBean, Justin Bannan, Kenny Peterson, and now maybe Tyson Alualu. Alualu would at first definitely be part of a rotation, but he has the talent to eventually start for the Broncos. I like his very refined blend of strength and speed and while he will definitely need some work on his technique in a 3-4, he could be a really good pick.

3rd round: Koa Misi, DE/OLB, Utah. Excuse me for not thinking that Jarvis Moss has his name etched in his locker for the 2010-11 season. Like I said earlier, McDaniels LOVES depth at defense. The Broncos could still use an effective hybrid Linebacker and since Jarvis Moss hasn’t been doing much for them, I see no reason that they shouldn’t go after Misi. Misi can rotate on the Defensive Line or play Linebacker in certain situations and if Bob Martindale uses him correctly, he could be extremely effective on Defense. The other plus in bringing another hybrid linebacker in is that it would push Robert Ayers to improve. I’m not sure if he is really going to pan out so Misi can either make a play for his job, or push him to be better. This isn’t an exciting pick, but it’s a really good one.

4th round: Alterraun Verner, CB, UCLA. The Broncos spent one of their mid-round picks last year on David Bruton in hopes of improving their special teams immediately and maybe acquiring a future starter. This year they may do something similar, with Alterraun Verner. Verner is also a Defensive Back and a great special teams player, but like Bruton he has a lot of potential to one day be a starter. Verner because of the fact that he is a ball hawk and can keep up really well with receivers, could one day be a lock down corner. Since it seems like Alphonso Smith may not be able to reach that kind of level, they need someone who can replace Champ Bailey. It’s an outside shot that Verner will ever be as good as Champ, but you never know, and he can still impact the game on special teams.

5th round: Dennis Pitta, TE, BYU. With Tony Scheffler out the door, the Broncos will be looking for another tight end. Receiving tight ends are not often used in McDaniels’ system, but Scheffler did have a few pass catches last year, and McDaniels may want a receiving tight end on the roster. Dennis Pitta has been one of my favorite tight ends in the draft since day one, and without Scheffler he might be on the Broncos radar. His hands are soft, he has a good amount of speed, and he has another element that may really impress Josh McDaniels. He has lots of special teams potential, something we know McDaniels really likes. We are going to need to replace a few players in the draft, including the receiving tight end position, and Pitta would fit like a glove in the late round.

6th round: Joe Hawley, C/OG, UNLV. Joe Hawley is a hot late round prospect right now, who the Broncos as well as many other teams have brought in for private visits. Hawley was a combine beast, when he put up 35 bench reps, and is known for being one of the most aggressive players on the field. His technique isn’t very good at all, and he is very raw, but the Broncos need to work on their offensive line, and Hawley as the ability to play either Center or Offensive Guard. While Chris Kuper and Seth Olsen/Russ Hochstein should be a fine pair of guards, we do need some depth there. Hawley provides that as well as some potential for the future. I like what I have seen from him.

Undrafted Free Agents:

Robert Johnson, S, Utah: A great blend of size and speed for the Safety position. He is a very poor mans Taylor Mays. I would give him a shot in camp.

Jim Dray, TE, Stanford: Dray is a great blocking Tight End. I could see him as a solid body in camp.

Cole Pemberton, OT, Colorado St. A Colorado St. alumni, Pemberton is well built to play in the Broncos new Offensive line scheme. He has an outside chance at making the final roster even.

Zoltan Mesko, P, Michigan. Mesko might even have a shot at getting drafted, and let’s face it, Denver does not have a Punter in place. I’ve even heard rumors the Broncos brought him in for a private visit.

Kyle Williams, RS, Arizona St. Fast, fast, fast… If Eddie Royal is going to focus more on his receiving skills, we will need another return specialist in place.

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One Comment
  1. April 21, 2010 5:58 AM

    Garrett, I like how you are Realistic! Good mock, I get kind frustrated at ‘experts’ who don’t know what they are doing.

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