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Postby madaslives911 » Sun Mar 18, 2007 8:37 pm

Broncos' Draft Outlook

By Lee Rasizer
For Sporting News

An in-depth look at the Broncos' needs heading into the 2007 draft:

1. Defensive end. The position has become a revolving door in recent years, and the Broncos need to develop another in-house option or two. Ideally, they would like an end with the combination of size and speed to anchor against the run while still providing a rush off the edge. If they can't find a player who's the complete package, the Broncos again might rotate players with down-specific skills. Quentin Moses and Charles Johnson, both from Georgia, will be on the Broncos' radar, as will Notre Dame's Victor Abiamiri.

2. Offensive tackle. The Broncos have to find a long-term solution at the position. George Foster maddened coaches with his inconsistency and was traded to Detroit in the Dre Bly deal, and starter Matt Lepsis and backup Adam Meadows have injury concerns. It's imperative for the tackles to have the athleticism to mirror quick ends and the lower-body strength and leverage to hold up against bull rushers.

3. Safety. The position could use an infusion of speed -- free safety John Lynch turns 36 in September -- as well as someone with more refined coverage skills. The team would consider taking a safety on Day 1 if a good prospect fell. Troy's Brannon Condren could be worth a second-day flier.

4. Defensive tackle. Even if free agent Michael Myers returns, Denver needs another space-eater with some pass-rush ability up the middle. Gerard Warren wore down last season and would benefit from another tackle who occasionally could command double-teams. If a top prospect were still on the board, the team might take him in Round 1.

5. Running back. With the signing of Travis Henry, this issue is less pressing. Tatum Bell and Mike Bell both had their moments last season, but each had weaknesses. Tatum fumbles too much and was traded to Detroit, and Mike lacks high-end speed. Henry gives the Broncos one back with the power between the tackles as well as an extra gear in the open field. Don't discount the team taking a back later in the draft to develop. After all, Henry turns 29 in October.

6. Cornerback. Starter Darrent Williams was killed in the offseason, and the team picked up Bly to fill the gap. Still, the team needs to bolster depth at cornerback as well as find a new contributor in the return game. Denver could use someone to play in the dime package early on -- speedy cover corners fit the team's system -- and resuscitate a below-average special teams unit that was particularly bad on punt returns. Maryland's Josh Wilson is a speedster who merits second-round consideration. Hampton's Travarous Bain is an intriguing project.

7. Quarterback. It's more likely the Broncos will pursue a free-agent quarterback, given Jay Cutler's inexperience and Jake Plummer's departure. But if Denver sees a developmental project with good mobility, it could expend a late-round pick on him.

OUTLOOK

Rather than drafting for need, the Broncos usually adhere to the "best player available" philosophy. With the 21st pick, they're positioned well outside the top tier of prospects, but in recent years, the team has been aggressive about making deals to get players it wants. With an extra third-round pick, it has the ammunition to move up a few spots in the first round.

It also wouldn't be a surprise if the team made a move for Ohio State wide receiver Ted Ginn, given his explosive ability as a returner. More likely, though, Denver will focus on the defensive front and offensive tackle early in the draft. Improving depth in the secondary also is a priority, though lower on the list.


hmmmm... no need for Wide Receiver? :-?
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Re: Broncos Draft Outlook

Postby The_Captain » Sun Mar 18, 2007 9:39 pm

madaslives911 wrote:
Broncos' Draft Outlook

By Lee Rasizer
For Sporting News

An in-depth look at the Broncos' needs heading into the 2007 draft:

1. Defensive end. The position has become a revolving door in recent years, and the Broncos need to develop another in-house option or two. Ideally, they would like an end with the combination of size and speed to anchor against the run while still providing a rush off the edge. If they can't find a player who's the complete package, the Broncos again might rotate players with down-specific skills. Quentin Moses and Charles Johnson, both from Georgia, will be on the Broncos' radar, as will Notre Dame's Victor Abiamiri.

2. Offensive tackle. The Broncos have to find a long-term solution at the position. George Foster maddened coaches with his inconsistency and was traded to Detroit in the Dre Bly deal, and starter Matt Lepsis and backup Adam Meadows have injury concerns. It's imperative for the tackles to have the athleticism to mirror quick ends and the lower-body strength and leverage to hold up against bull rushers.

3. Safety. The position could use an infusion of speed -- free safety John Lynch turns 36 in September -- as well as someone with more refined coverage skills. The team would consider taking a safety on Day 1 if a good prospect fell. Troy's Brannon Condren could be worth a second-day flier.

4. Defensive tackle. Even if free agent Michael Myers returns, Denver needs another space-eater with some pass-rush ability up the middle. Gerard Warren wore down last season and would benefit from another tackle who occasionally could command double-teams. If a top prospect were still on the board, the team might take him in Round 1.

5. Running back. With the signing of Travis Henry, this issue is less pressing. Tatum Bell and Mike Bell both had their moments last season, but each had weaknesses. Tatum fumbles too much and was traded to Detroit, and Mike lacks high-end speed. Henry gives the Broncos one back with the power between the tackles as well as an extra gear in the open field. Don't discount the team taking a back later in the draft to develop. After all, Henry turns 29 in October.

6. Cornerback. Starter Darrent Williams was killed in the offseason, and the team picked up Bly to fill the gap. Still, the team needs to bolster depth at cornerback as well as find a new contributor in the return game. Denver could use someone to play in the dime package early on -- speedy cover corners fit the team's system -- and resuscitate a below-average special teams unit that was particularly bad on punt returns. Maryland's Josh Wilson is a speedster who merits second-round consideration. Hampton's Travarous Bain is an intriguing project.

7. Quarterback. It's more likely the Broncos will pursue a free-agent quarterback, given Jay Cutler's inexperience and Jake Plummer's departure. But if Denver sees a developmental project with good mobility, it could expend a late-round pick on him.

OUTLOOK

Rather than drafting for need, the Broncos usually adhere to the "best player available" philosophy. With the 21st pick, they're positioned well outside the top tier of prospects, but in recent years, the team has been aggressive about making deals to get players it wants. With an extra third-round pick, it has the ammunition to move up a few spots in the first round.

It also wouldn't be a surprise if the team made a move for Ohio State wide receiver Ted Ginn, given his explosive ability as a returner. More likely, though, Denver will focus on the defensive front and offensive tackle early in the draft. Improving depth in the secondary also is a priority, though lower on the list.


hmmmm... no need for Wide Receiver? :-?


#5 and #7 have pretty much been resolved with the Henry and Ramsey signings. Even though Henry is 29 this year, he's still got enough gas in the tank for a few good years. If the Broncos take the time to give Mike Bell some touches and develop his game, he'll be a nice complement to Henry.

I like the Ramsey signing - good young QB, with mobility and a strong arm who should be able to step in if Cutler goes down for any reason. They could burn a later round flyer on a QB but they have more pressing needs at the moment.

To answer your questions about WR - with Brandon Marshall and Javon Walker, they don't really "need" another WR (just look how much luck the Lions have had with that...) right now. Rod Smith will assume the #3 spot and it will really depend on how camp goes to see who could step up if Smith gets injured. If the Broncos had a chance to move up in the draft, they'd take Adrian over Calvin Johnson, IMO, but that's not likely to happen.
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