Broncos Draft Preview, 2016: Part 4 – Rounds 2 and 3

We’re not done yet!

Ever since the Draft switched to its current 3-day format, I’ve come to appreciate the second and third rounds almost as much as the first. With an overnight break in the action, teams and draft nerds alike have a chance to reset their boards and get ready to pick up some solid contributors, and maybe even a few immediate starters. Day 2 is really the meat and potatoes of the draft. Sure, the champagne and caviar of the first round is fancy and expensive, but tonight is where champions are made.

Having addressed the biggest hole on the roster by selecting Paxton Lynch, the Broncos will look to address their remaining needs, which are again as follows:

Primary Needs: Interior OL, FB

Depth Needs: S, RB, T, TE, DE

Upgrade Needs: ILB, P

No Needs: WR, NT, OLB, CB, K

Here are the Broncos remaining picks, with tonight’s in bold:

  1. Round 2, Pick 32 (63 overall)
  2. Round 3, Pick 36 (98 overall, compensatory pick)
  3. Round 4, Pick 38 (136 overall, compensatory pick)
  4. Round 5, Pick 5 (144 overall)
  5. Round 5, Pick 20 (157 overall)
  6. Round 6, Pick 44 (219 overall, compensatory pick)
  7. Round 7, Pick 7 (228 overall)
  8. Round 7, Pick 32 (253 overall)

I mentioned in the comment thread last night that I think it’s not only possible, but quite likely, that the Broncos package a couple of their later picks to get a third pick this evening, most likely in the third round.

Now let’s take a look at some possible targets for the Broncos in rounds two and three. Just like yesterday, we’ve determined the team’s needs and taken a look at the top prospects from each position, as well as how they might fit in the Broncos’ schemes, so now we can narrow our list and stack our board. Unlike yesterday, though, I won’t separate the No-Brainers from the Possible Targets because at this point things become way too unpredictable. So I’m going to throw a bunch of names at you and link their scouting reports.


* – indicates the player has met with the Broncos, or that the Broncos attended the player’s Pro Day workout

# – indicates a private workout or a visit to the Broncos’ team facility


2nd Round

2nd Round Prioritization:
Name Position Height Weight School Remarks Scouting Report
Myles Jack ILB 6010 245 UCLA Top 5 talent; Flies to the ball; Physical and active; Versatile; Medical concerns (knee) Report
Jarran Reed NT/DE 6027 307 Alabama Powerful run stuffer; Can play anywhere inside; Great vision and instincts; Ineffective pass rusher Report
A’Shawn Robinson 3-4 DE/NT 6035 307 Alabama Looks the part; very powerful; holds teammates accountable; plays too upright at times; straight line pass rusher Report
Cody Whitehair G 6036 301 Kansas State 4-year starter; Team captain; Short arms but big hands; Exceptional body control and core strength; “Safe” pick; All-Pro ceiling Report
Chris Jones 3-4 DE 6056 310 Mississippi State Tremendous natural power; quick feet; runs out of gas; inconsistent pad level Report
Jason Spriggs# T/G 6055 301 Indiana Elite lateral movement; Ability to become good combo blocker in ZBS; Needs to add play strength; Issues in Pass Pro Report
Hunter Henry TE 6050 250 Arkansas Very good run blocker; no drops; great receiver; rounds his routes a bit Report
Vonn Bell S 5106 199 Ohio State Man cover skills; good instincts and reaction time; rarely out of position; average play speed; drag down tackler, lets RBs get on top of him Report
Christian Westerman# G/C 6031 298 Arizona State Outstanding athleticism and movement skills; good timing, technique and footwork; lacks short yardage push Report
Jonathan Bullard 3-4 DE 6030 285 Florida Quick and instinctive; Good initial pad level but gets taller as play progresses; Tends to sit on blocks if initial move fails Report
Nick Martin C/G 6041 299 Notre Dame NFL pedigree (Zack’s brother); Team captain and leader; Versatile C/G; Very quick off the snap; 2013 Knee injury has slowed him down Report
Derrick Henry RB 6025 247 Alabama Huge RB; Rare speed for size; Makes tacklers miss but doesn’t break them; Heavy workload; Tall, long-strider Report
Su’a Cravens ILB/SS 6006 226 USC Smart with great instincts; Great with his hands; Play maker; Immediate impact on special teams; Will miss tackles Report
Devontae Booker# RB 5106 219 Utah Patient, decisive runner; Catches the ball well out of the backfield; Good pad level and lean; Below average speed Report
Jerell Adams TE 6051 247 South Carolina Good foot quickness; snags high throws with long arms; Good play speed to split Cover 2; Doesn’t generate separation out of cuts Report
Le’Raven Clark T 6052 316 Texas Tech Good athleticism; One of few LT prospects; Effective pass blocker; Gets caught leaning; Average feet Report
Kenneth Dixon RB 5101 215 Louisiana Tech Outstanding jump cut; Elusive; Gets most out of carries; Quick recognition; Decisive; Durability questions; Average long speed; Fumbler Report
Austin Hooper TE 6036 254 Stanford Can play in-line or move; Can threaten the seem; ; Good RAC; Lacks suddenness; Hands need work Report
Jalen Mills S/Slot CB 6000 191 LSU Good man coverage; Can line up against slot; Locates deep ball to make plays; Good blitzer; Not great in run support; Finesse player Report
Nick Vannett TE 6060 257 Ohio State NFL body; Catches well in traffic; Runs sharp routes; Finds opening in zone; Needs to improve blocking Report


3rd Round

3rd Round Prioritization:
Name Position Height Weight School Remarks Scouting Report
Jaylon Smith ILB 6020 223 Notre Dame Rare talent; Top 5 pick if not for injury; Elite speed and coverage skills; Severe knee injury, may not play in 2016 Report
Max Tuerk C/G 6050 298 USC Exceptional athleticism; Elite movement skills; Consistent angles; Natural bender; Tall and lanky for a C; Lacks power Report
Jihad Ward 3-4 DE 6051 297 Illinois Former WR/S; Quickness and range; High motor; Long legs get caught up in trash; Can be cut; Needs development; Could be meaner Report
Alex Collins RB 5100 217 Arkansas Durable frame; Good foot quickness, agility and acceleration; Patient; Outstanding pad level and knee bend; Doesn’t break tackles Report
Deion Jones ILB 6007 222 LSU Report
Adolphus Washington 3-4 DE 6033 301 Ohio State Agile and athletic; Active interior pass rusher; Needs to improve strength in lower half; Iconsistent motor Report
Shon Coleman T 6054 307 Auburn Long and nasty; Inconsistent footwork; will turn 25 after missing two years with leukemia Report
Bronson Kaufusi 3-4 DE 6064 285 BYU Coach’s son; Quality hand work; Never quits and pursues; Too easily caved in on angle blocks; Limited play strength; Needs to refine pass rush Report
Nick Kwiatkoski ILB 6020 243 West Virginia Very productive tackler; Can drop into coverage; Sound technique; Trouble matching power at point of attack; Questionable speed Report
Carl Nassib 3-4 DE 6067 277 Penn State Report
C.J. Prosise RB 6004 220 Notre Dame Report
Darian Thompson S 6017 208 Boise State Report
Kentrell Brothers ILB 6003 245 Missouri Elite vision; Good instincts; Jarring punch into blockers to stay clean; Very good in coverage; Not a great athlete; Below average speed Report
Connor McGovern G/T 6042 306 Missouri Unbelievably strong; Solid short area foot quickness; Heavy punch; Mindful of twists; Raw in pass sets; Top heavy; Needs better bend Report
Jerald Hawkins T 6055 305 LSU Report
Graham Glascow C/G 6057 307 Michigan Sustains blocks adequately; Strong lower half and leg drive; Very consistent; Drinking issues; Misses blocks on second level Report
Paul Perkins RB 5103 208 UCLA Elite vision and wicked jump cut; Highlight reel; Sudden, 1-cut ability; Will pick up a blitz; Small frame, Lacks force to run through tackles Report
Miles Killebrew S 6017 217 Southern Utah Great size; Big hitter; Great form tackler; Looks and hits like a LB; Average instincts; Slow to react; Limited range in coverage Report


Alright, that’s about all I have time for today. Sorry for the brevity and lack of analysis, but this at least gives us a reference for tonight.

Take care, and Go Broncos.