Bronco Madness Update:
Nose Tackle Ronald Fields was arrested in Houston this week on misdemeanor charges of carrying a weapon. Broncos coach Josh McDaniels has had no comment on the issue.
The list goes as follows: WR – Alric Arnett (WVU)RB – Chris Brown (Oklahoma), DT – Jaron Baston (Mizzou), TE – Nathan Overbay (Eastern Washington), TE – Michael Palmer (Clemson), OT – Chris Marinelli (Stanford), S – Marcellus Bowman (Boston College), G – Michael Shumard (Texas A&M), TE – Riar Geer (Colorado), CB – Cassius Vaughn (Ole Miss), RB – Toney Baker (NC State), S – Kyle McCarthy (Notre Dame), OLB – Kevin Alexander (Clemson).
Everyone jumped the gun a little bit on the Broncos draft day being over. I mean, Josh McDaniels had already scheduled a post-draft press conference during the draft. We had no picks left, and did not have any extra ammo from next years draft lying around. It had to be over, right? Not so fast my friends…
The Broncos traded a 5th round pick from next year, to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for their 225th and 232nd picks in the 2010 NFL Draft. The picks were spent on two players, #225 on Cal cornerback Syd’Quan Thompson, and #232 spent on Jammie Kirlew, a hybrid Linebacker from Indiana. It was common consensus that the two would go un-drafted but the Broncos wanted to make sure they got these players, despite the high cost.
The Broncos with the 183rd pick in the 2010 NFL Draft have selected Center Eric Olsen of Notre Dame, in the sixth round.
Olsen is the third offensive lineman to be taken by the Broncos over the last three days, and the second Center. The Broncos were left with no Centers coming into the draft after the release of both Casey Wiegmann and Ben Hamilton. It was considered a major focus point for the team this week. This pick makes a relatively good amount of sense. Olsen is a high value, projected in the 4th round by most.
The Denver Broncos with the #137th pick in the NFL Draft, have chosen Cornerback Perrish Cox of Oklahoma State in round five.
This pick makes sense from a number of aspects: Number 1, Champ Bailey and André Goodman are getting long in the tooth and are both over 30 years old. The Broncos need to find an eventual successor for the two of them. The other reason this makes sense is because Cox is an excellent return man and the Broncos do not want Royal to play return man at all, and focus on receiver.
I had a little bit of trouble stringing together one theme for the entire day 2 of the draft. The picks were safe, but after such a risky day yesterday, I felt that saying that would reflect on the entire draft, which it will not. Two of the picks were spent on the Offensive Line, but Eric Decker ruined that theme. That sent me into thinking about how they were offense, but that wasn’t exciting enough. So, I was left with a troubling question, how can I link together all of the picks today?
Then it hit me. Intelligence. That was what Josh McDaniels was trying to do today. All three of the players he drafted are among the most intelligent players available. Zane Beadles first and foremost, is by far one of the most intelligent Offensive Linemen in the class. He scored a wonderlic test score of 36, which is very high for a Lineman, and he is known for his ability to absorb the playbook.
The Broncos in day 2 of the NFL Draft, which for the first time included only rounds 2 and 3, selected three players today. They held their own second rounder, and two thirds, one which was their own, and one that was received from the Eagles after trading down to pick #24 on day 1.
The players selected were, at #45 Zane Beadles, OT/OG/C from Utah, at #80 J.D Walton, C, Baylor, and at #87, Eric Decker, WR, Minnesota. The three all filled reasonable needs, and were considered by most to be safe, but high value picks.
Day one of the NFL Draft, was no guarantee for the Broncos. After years of the Broncos making safe picks, Denver is getting into some risky business. In fact, it can’t get much riskier than what the Broncos did today. It started by trading down their #11 overall pick to the San Francisco 49ers, for the 13th overall and a 4th round pick. It would set the tone for the rest of the day.
Minutes after that trade, the Eagles contacted the Broncos and they traded away their #13th overall pick for the Eagles 24th overall, and two third rounders, (#70, #87). We thought it was clear what the Broncos would do. If we kept the 24th, we would draft Tim Tebow, or we would trade up for Maurkice Pouncey and then trade back into the first round and draft Tebow still. Us fans forgot the golden rule of the draft, expect the unexpected.