Broncos Draft Preview 2017, Part 4: Rounds 2 and 3

Good morning, Broncos fans! I’ll start this by acknowledging my disappointment with last night’s selection, Utah Offensive Tackle Garett Bolles. But while my initial reaction was indeed negative like many of yours, a good night’s sleep always helps bring some perspective. First, I’d like to say that while Bolles was not a prospect I feel was worthy of the 20th pick, he is likely going to be better than Ty Sambailo and Donald Stephenson, if he isn’t already. The Broncos had a gaping hole to fill, and they addressed it. I think they would have been much better served to trade down and take their chances, but they clearly felt Bolles was significantly better than the other top options, Wisconsin’s Ryan Ramczyk (who went 32nd to the Saints) and Alabama’s Cam Robinson, who has yet to be selected.

So we’re on to Day 2, and I am stoked for tonight’s picks. Denver is currently scheduled to make three selections (51, 82 and 101), and if they choose wisely we could see at least a couple immediate impact players added by the end of the night. Of course they may choose to move up, likely sacrificing one of those picks in the process, but as of right now I see a great opportunity to address three needs.

Yesterday’s pick likely takes tackles out of play for today, so let’s recap the other needs we’ve identified:

Primary: Slot WR, KR/PR
Upgrade: TE, ILB, DL
Depth: CB, RB, Edge

Second Round:

Let’s take a look at some players at positions of need who are likely second round targets.

2nd Round Rankings:
Name Position Height Weight School Draft Profile
Dalvin Cook* RB 5103 210 Florida State Scouting Report
Kevin King CB 6030 200 Washington Scouting Report
Quincy Wilson CB 6014 211 Florida Scouting Report
Chidobe Awuzie CB 5117 202 Colorado Scouting Report
Alvin Kamara* RB 5102 214 Tennessee Scouting Report
Curtis Samuel Slot WR/KR 5105 196 Ohio State Scouting Report
Malik McDowell DL 6062 295 Michigan State Scouting Report
Tyus Bowser Edge 6025 247 Houston Scouting Report
Jordan Willis Edge 6036 255 Kansas State Scouting Report
Tim Williams Edge 6027 244 Alabama Scouting Report
Zach Cunningham* ILB 6034 234 Vanderbilt Scouting Report
Chris Wormley DL 6051 298 Michigan Scouting Report
Adam Shaheen TE 6064 278 Ashland Scouting Report
Duke Riley ILB 6004 232 LSU Scouting Report
Jourdan Lewis CB 5102 188 Michigan Scouting Report
Teez Tabor CB 6004 199 Florida Scouting Report
Fabian Moreau CB 6004 206 UCLA Scouting Report
Joe Mixon# RB 6006 228 Oklahoma Scouting Report
Raekwon McMillan ILB 6017 240 Ohio State Scouting Report
Jake Butt TE 6054 246 Michigan Scouting Report
Cooper Kupp Slot WR 6015 204 Eastern Washington Scouting Report
Carl Lawson Edge 6016 261 Auburn Scouting Report
Larry Ogunjobi DL 6025 305 Charlotte Scouting Report
Caleb Brantley* DL 6025 307 Florida Scouting Report
Chris Godwin Slot WR 6010 209 Penn State Scouting Report

Several of the top players on this list will likely be long gone by 51, but there’s plenty of opportunity for the Broncos to improve the team here. Let’s take closer look at a few prospects.

Dalvin Cook is a very productive RB who at one time was thought to be a top 10 pick. After stories of his off-field troubles started to surface he began losing momentum. Then he struggled at the combine, showing poorly in agility and acceleration drills. As a result, he’s still available, and it’s hard to say where he’ll land. If he should fall to 51, or close, he seemingly represents excellent value there for Denver.

While we’re talking about talented runners with character questions, Joe Mixon is a very inviting option in round 2 as well. Mixon’s issues are isolated to one incident, but it’s a bad one, and while his victim has publicly forgiven him, there are certain to be some teams who just don’t want to deal with the PR headache associated with drafting Mixon. Like Cook, he would be a nice addition for the Broncos.

Curtis Samuel is an explosive Slot WR who also spent significant time at RB at Ohio State. He would also fill the void at returner, making him a great choice for Denver. He’s not the most polished receiver, but I believe he has the potential to take the Broncos’ offense to another level. Like Christian McCaffrey, he’s versatile enough to line up in various positions, including the backfield, to keep defenses guessing.

Zach Cunningham is the best remaining potential upgrade at LB for the Broncos. He’s a defensive playmaker who flies all over the field. He makes a lot of arm tackles, which is something he’ll need to improve upon, but I think he will start very early in his career. He’s the three down LB the Broncos were lacking last season.

Malik McDowell is a monster who would look very good at RDE in the Broncos’ base defense. He has some good tape from Michigan State, but he has some bad tape, too. His effort has been brought into question, which can be a bad sign, but if he’s motivated he could really disrupt offenses at the next level.

Chris Wormley is a bit of a dark horse, but he’s an option I really like for Denver’s defensive line. Solid player with a perfect frame and plenty of power. He doesn’t bring much to the table as a pass rusher, but with some work he might be able to improve in that area. The Broncos could do a lot worse than Wormley tonight.

The Cornerbacks, as a group, are the deepest and most talented on the board tonight. There are six legitimate second round options, and frankly I’d be content with just about any of them. Chidobe Awuzie is a good press man CB who seems like a good fit for Denver, but he’s not the only one.

Third Round:

Third round targets, in my estimation, are as follows:

3rd Round Rankings:
Name Position Height Weight School Draft Profile
Sidney Jones CB 6000 186 Washington Scouting Report
Tarell Basham Edge 6036 269 Ohio Scouting Report
Ryan Anderson Edge 6020 253 Alabama Scouting Report
DeMarcus Walker DL/Edge 6035 280 Florida State Scouting Report
Dalvin Tomlinson DL 6027 310 Alabama Scouting Report
Jake Butt TE 6054 246 Michigan Scouting Report
Derek Rivers# Edge 6035 248 Youngstown State Scouting Report
Alex Anzalone ILB 6027 241 Florida Scouting Report
ArDarius Stewart Slot WR 5111 204 Alabama Scouting Report
Gerald Everett* TE 6030 239 South Alabama Scouting Report
Taywan Taylor Slot WR 5110 203 Western Kentucky Scouting Report
Samaje Perine* RB 5105 233 Oklahoma Scouting Report
Cameron Sutton CB 5112 188 Tennessee Scouting Report
Jordan Leggett* TE 6054 258 Clemson Scouting Report
Montravious Adams DL 6035 304 Auburn Scouting Report
Cordrea Tankersley CB 6012 199 Clemson Scouting Report
Kareem Hunt* RB 5104 216 Toledo Scouting Report
Carlos Henderson Slot WR/KR 5110 199 Louisiana Tech Scouting Report
Kendell Beckwith ILB 6022 243 LSU Scouting Report
Jaleel Johnson DL 6025 316 Iowa Scouting Report
Tanoh Kpassagnon DL/Edge 6066 289 Villanova Scouting Report
George Kittle TE 6036 247 Iowa Scouting Report
Carlos Watkins DL 6032 309 Clemson Scouting Report
Rasul Douglas CB 6015 209 West Virginia Scouting Report
Elijah Qualls* DL 6005 313 Washington Scouting Report
Anthony Walker, Jr. ILB 6005 238 Northwestern Scouting Report
Vincent Taylor DL 6025 304 Oklahoma State Scouting Report
D’Onta Foreman* RB 6000 233 Texas Scouting Report

Watch for Denver to take a good long look at TEs in the third round. Aside from that, your guess is as good as mine. I couldn’t even get the first rounder right. Until next time, Happy Draft watching, and Go Broncos!