FanIQ Interactive Mock NFL Draft: Denver Broncos

With The Eighteenth Pick In the FanIQ Mock Draft, The Denver Broncos Select...

4/20/09 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5233 respect

With the NFL Draft coming on April 25, we're putting together a Mock Draft for the first round of the draft, featuring a combination of FanIQ Featured Writers, as well as some great NFL team bloggers from around the internet. Today, we've featured picks from the San Diego Chargers, New York Jets and Denver Broncos. Every day until Friday, April 24, we will post more picks, with recaps of why each player was chosen, with some other analysis. Making the next pick is the man, the legend, Matt Clapp from Sharapova's Thigh.



Here are the picks so far:

1. Detroit Lions - Aaron Curry, LB, Wake Forest
2. St Louis Rams - Eugene Monroe, OT, Virginia
3. Kansas City Chiefs - Jason Smith, OT, Baylor
4. Seattle Seahawks - Matthew Stafford, QB, Georgia
5. Cleveland Browns - Micahel Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech
6. Cincinnati Bengals - Michael Oher, OT, Mississippi
7. Oakland Raiders - BJ Raji, DT, Boston College
8. Jacksonville Jaguars - Everette Brown, LB, Florida State
9. Green Bay Packers - Brian Orakpo, DE, Texas
10. San Francisco 49ers - Jeremy Maclin, WR, Missouri
11. Buffalo Bills - Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Oklahoma State
12. Denver Broncos - Aaron Maybin, DE, Penn State
13. Washington Redskins - Andre Smith, OT, Alabama
14. New Orleans Saints - Malcolm Jenkins, CB, Ohio State
15. Houston Texans - Clay Matthews, LB, USC
16. San Diego Chargers - Rey Maualuga, LB, USC
17. New York Jets - Mark Sanchez, QB, USC

The Broncos absolutely must focus on improving the defense in this draft. Any position outside of cornerback is an area of need for them on the defensive side of the ball. They will be using a 3-4 defense now and are hoping to find a nose tackle to clog the middle of the line, as well as get some more depth at linebacker. They missed way too many tackles just past the line of scrimmage last year, so a sure tackler at the linebacker position is a need. They will address defensive end almost surely by their third pick in the draft, #48 overall in the second round. Look for that defensive end to be a pass rushing specialist. A free safety is a possibility early in the draft, and they need to develop a capable strong safety with newly acquired Brian Dawkins not having many years left. Quarterback is obviously need as well with Kyle Orton and Chris Simms as the 1-2 quarterbacks, but their tremendous needs on defense might prevent them from being able to address that for many rounds.

With the way this FanIQ draft has gone, it's put the Broncos in a difficult situation. Selecting Aaron Maybin with the #12 pick got them the defensive end and pass rusher that they were looking for, so now they are looking to address defensive tackle and linebacker. After B.J. Raji, there's really not a defensive tackle that stands out, and not every defensive tackle will fit in the 3-4 scheme anyway. Defensive tackle Peria Jerry of Ole Miss is considered a top-20 prospect and available here, but he's undersized for the nose tackle position. USC linebackers Clay Matthews and Rey Maualuga would've been considered, but they were just selected. If USC quarterback Mark Sanchez were to fall one more spot, I can't see them passing him up. I don't know if they would've passed him up at the #12 pick either. There's been talk they might take Malcolm Jenkins and move him to safety, but he was just taken as well.

The Pick: Brian Cushing, OLB, USC

Cushing becomes the third USC linebacker to be taken in this first round, and is a perfect fit for the Broncos. He's a sure tackler and will be a great piece to put in their new 3-4 defense on the outside, as either a strong or weak side linebacker.
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4/20/09   |   djjfrench   |   67 respect

 OH and let me say I do like thinking outside the box tht's alays good but just don't agree with this one.

4/20/09   |   djjfrench   |   67 respect

 Let me point something out 1. Detroit will not take a D guy they will go QB or OL and 2.  Sanchez won't fall to the Jets that's wishful thinking.  He'll probably end up in Washington or Seattle before that.

4/20/09   |   djjfrench   |   67 respect

 Broncos need a MLB like the LA Clippers need a new owner.  That should sum my point up easily.

4/20/09   |   Boski93   |   375 respect

sharapovasthigh wrote:
Dave, yeah I think ideally they get a defensive tackle with one of these two picks. They might want Raji more than anybody in the draft, as he can be an elite nose tackle in this league. After him, the DT group is really thin this year. Perry is worthy of a selection there, but he's "only" 299 pounds and ideally a nose tackle is 320+ since they need to clog the middle of the line as the only player there.

Regardless, they've gotta get a linebacker with one of their first few picks. If I'm the Broncos, I'm using every pick through about the first five rounds on defense unless somebody like Mark Sanchez falls into their lap.

I agree with your selection. Even if Sanchez is at 18, I am not sure it would be wise for Denver to take him while there are still a number of good defensive players on the board. The Broncos need athletes all along the front seven, not only do they need DL for the 3-4 they need LB's. Outside of DJ Williams do any of the following names inspire fear: Spencer Larson, Wesley Woodyard, Andra Davis (I can already hear derms33 chuckling), Boss Bailey, Mario Haggan, Louis Green and Darrell Reid.

Yeah I did not think so.

So getting a quality LB would be a wise thing.

4/20/09   |   derms33   |   17645 respect

thats a DIrty Dirty pick

4/20/09   |   Raider_Dave   |   47 respect

sharapovasthigh wrote:
Dave, yeah I think ideally they get a defensive tackle with one of these two picks. They might want Raji more than anybody in the draft, as he can be an elite nose tackle in this league. After him, the DT group is really thin this year. Perry is worthy of a selection there, but he's "only" 299 pounds and ideally a nose tackle is 320+ since they need to clog the middle of the line as the only player there.

Regardless, they've gotta get a linebacker with one of their first few picks. If I'm the Broncos, I'm using every pick through about the first five rounds on defense unless somebody like Mark Sanchez falls into their lap.

I agree that they should definitely do that with most of their picks.  Last season, they were completely lost when Champ Bailey went down for a few weeks, and he is just one player, and a CB at that.  They definitely need plenty of defensive help, because with Kyle Orton or Chris Simms under center, they aren't going to be able to hang in through shootouts anymore.  They definitely have the tools to move up in the round if they are fixated on a certain player, but in their case, they need help in numbers.

4/20/09   |   sharapovasthigh

Dave, yeah I think ideally they get a defensive tackle with one of these two picks. They might want Raji more than anybody in the draft, as he can be an elite nose tackle in this league. After him, the DT group is really thin this year. Perry is worthy of a selection there, but he's "only" 299 pounds and ideally a nose tackle is 320+ since they need to clog the middle of the line as the only player there.

Regardless, they've gotta get a linebacker with one of their first few picks. If I'm the Broncos, I'm using every pick through about the first five rounds on defense unless somebody like Mark Sanchez falls into their lap.

4/20/09   |   Raider_Dave   |   47 respect

I agree, they MUST go defense.  Cushing would be a nice fit, but I think they need more help in the trenches, where they have swung and missed quite a bit recently.  Cushing is definitely a Belichick type pick though, so I would not be surprised if McDaniels jumped on him if the Broncos stay where they are in the first round.