John Elway had his pre-draft press conference on Monday, and I still have no clue what the Broncos are going to do. However, it’s been a real favorite pick of mine to mock the Broncos a receiver in the first round, and one player who is rumored to be sneaking his way into the top 32 discussion is LSU’s Rueben Randle.
The former top prep-star prospect had a solid career in Baton Rouge, and in terms of his on-field ability is one of the best receivers in this entire draft. Randle is a very good route runner with sure hands, and he could contribute early in his career if he gets in with a smart quarterback.
It just so happens that the Broncos have an opening for some competition at the receiver position. I’m told by my Denver sources that they actually really like their group right now, which consists of Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Andre Caldwell, Matthew Willis, Brandon Stokley, and Jason Hill, but after Caldwell I don’t think anyone is guaranteed a roster spot.
Randle is a guy that I would really like at the back of the first round for Denver. He’s got the ability to be a vertical threat right away, and while it may be a pipe dream for me for the Broncos to take a receiver in round one, I’m clinging to the possibility because of the great value that is presented at the back of round one and throughout the draft as a whole.
The Broncos are also much more comfortable with their defensive tackle situation than most of the people in the media and blogosphere, including myself. However, if they return guys fully healthy, a rotation including Justin Bannan, Ty Warren, and Kevin Vickerson is pretty solid. The team is also looking to lock up Marcus Thomas for another year.
Regardless of what they do, I hope the Broncos will keep the door open for a receiver in round one, because with Peyton Manning on board, they have a 3-5 year window to get it done, so you may as well surround him with some top notch talent.