The Denver Broncos were smoked by the Seahawks in the Super Bowl, but that doesn’t change the fact that their roster is likely better than most NFL teams at this point.
The Broncos don’t have many needs, but there are some areas they could look to address and upgrade in this draft. There are so many scenarios that make sense for them, but here’s one a little over a week before the draft that could work.
1. First Round, 31st overall: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
One of the scrappiest defenders in the draft, Verrett would give the Broncos a small (in stature) playmaker defensively who can play inside at nickel or outside if they ask him to. The biggest question is at his size, can he match up with bigger receivers. The Broncos would have to trust their evaluation that he could hold up against bigger wideouts, considering they have looked at bigger defensive backs in recent years.
2. Second Round, 63rd overall: Jordan Tripp, LB, Montana
Tripp, unlikely to be there at pick #93, goes to the Broncos here in the 2nd round as somewhat of an upset pick. This pick might have Broncos fans scratching their heads, but this is a versatile linebacker who would also provide Denver with a special teams ace.
3. Third Round, 95th overall: Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU
Landry is being projected by some to fall, but I think he has the potential to be a lot like Anquan Boldin with a thick build, strong hands, and playmaking ability after the catch. The Broncos could make this look like an additional first or second round pick down the road with Landry in the P.Manning offense.
4. Fourth Round, 131st overall: David Yankey, OG, Stanford
Yankey has inexplicably slid down draft boards across the draft-o-sphere, so I’ll mock him to the Broncos here in the later portion of the fourth round. He can play guard or tackle and some thought a month or two ago that he would be a consideration for Denver at pick #31.
5. Fifth Round, 171st overall: Isaiah Crowell, RB, Georgia State
The troubled but talented runner would give the Broncos a fourth option in the running game, and a player with huge upside if he can screw his head on straight. This would be a pure upside pick and a slight risk of character, but in the 5th round, the Broncos can afford that risk.
6. Sixth Round, 207th overall: Avery Williamson, LB, Kentucky
Wesley Woodyard and Danny Trevathan are a pair of Kentucky LBs that have panned out pretty well for the Broncos. Williamson tested well athletically, and is a true inside linebacker that could push for a roster spot as a rookie.
7. Seventh Round, 246th overall: Aaron Colvin, CB, Oklahoma
Very talented cornerback with day two potential that slides to the 7th round with a late knee injury. The Broncos could stash him for a year like they did Quanterus Smith last season.