2012 NFL Draft - Denver Broncos

Posted Apr 28, 2012

Denver Broncos - AFC West, 2012 Draft Selections & Prospects


Denver Broncos

2012 NFL Draft Team Analysis - AFC
EAST Buffalo | Miami | New England | NY Jets
WEST Denver | Kansas CityOakland | San Diego
NORTH Baltimore | Cincinnati  Cleveland | Pittsburgh
SOUTH Houston | Indy | Jacksonville | Tennessee

2012 NFL Draft Team Analysis - NFC
EAST Dallas | NY Giants | Philadelphia | Washington
WEST Arizona | San Francisco | Seattle | St. Louis
NORTH Chicago | Detroit | Green Bay | Minnesota
SOUTH Atlanta | Carolina | New Orleans | Tampa Bay  
- 2011 Denver Draft Breakdown
- 2010 Denver Draft Breakdown 

The Draft Was ... strong, considering there wasn't a first round pick. DT Derek Wolfe with the fourth pick in the second was a bit of a reach, but it's a safe selection, while QB Brock Osweiler with the 57th pick overall was inspired. Speedy RB Ronnie Hillman will pay off much better in the third round than Knowshon Moreno did in the first. DE Malik Jackson in the fifth and LB Danny Trevathan in the sixth are ballers who'll fight to make the roster.
Best Value Pick: QB Brock Osweiler, Arizona State, 2nd round
Worst Value Pick: DT Derek Wolfe, Cincinnati, 2nd round
They Should've ... taken the chance on corner Janoris Jenkins, a need pick. Considering the Broncos didn't have a first-rounder, they could've made up for it by taking the troubled by talented corner instead of Wolfe in the second. Wolfe went with the 36th, and Jenkins slid to St. Louis at the 39.
Division Draft Ranking: 2
Overall Draft Ranking: 21

Second Round

DT Derek Wolfe, Cincinnati 6-5, 295
Overall Pick No. 36 CFN Overall Ranking: 121
CFN Analysis: While he's a fantastic player, he's also a bit of a reach with the 36th overall pick. Will Peyton Manning be happy the offense wasn't addressed? No, but that'll come later withseveral good receivers sure to still be on the board with the 57th overall pick. The rising defense needed help on the interior, and while Wolfe isn't going to be a big-time run stuffer, he'll be a high-motor producer who'll work in a variety of ways. Again, he was a bit of a reach here, but he'll be a solid starter for a long time.

The Big East Defensive Player of the Year got the honor on hustle. Always going 100 miles per hour and always working, he's a disruptive force who's great at screwing things up. A football player, he does the work needed in the weight room and on the field to improve and hone his craft, and he's one of the best interior pass rushing prospects in the draft. Athletic, he moved well in Indy and showed he might be able to play on the outside in a 4-3 if needed. There's no power in his game and he's not going to be a tight run stopper, but being a niche defender might not be a bad thing .At the very least he'll work to become the type of player who makes things happen when he gets the chance.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round 

Second Round

QB Brock Osweiler, Arizona State (Jr.) 6-7, 242
Overall Pick No. 57 CFN Overall Ranking: 18
CFN Analysis: Perfect, PERFECT pick at the right time. The Broncos dumped the liability that is Tim Tebow and took a chance that Peyton Manning could be Peyton Manning again for one or two more runs. With Osweiler, the franchise has a very good, very talented prospect who can get a few years to learn behind the master and fill in when needed. Considering what Cleveland paid in the first round to get Brandon Weeden, Osweiler is a steal with a world of upside. In the span of six months the Broncos have upgraded their quarterback situation by leaps and bounds.

The NFL has a bias against too-tall quarterbacks, so it's being played up that he measured in 1/8th of an inch shorter than 6-7. Even though he's huge and lanky, he's not a stick in the mud with good enough feet to get by. No, he doesn't have the best release and he could make himself even bigger by going over the top with his delivery, but he'll never get any passes batted down and he can sling the ball all over the field. A good guy, he's likeable and won't have any problems commanding respect in the locker room once he has a little bit of success. It's going to take a little while to be ready to shine, and he's going to need to live with a quarterback coach to tighten up his mechanics, but there's undeniable upside to be a steal for someone with a little bit of patience.
CFN Projection: Second Round

Third Round

RB Ronnie Hillman, SDSU (Soph.) 5-9, 200
Overall Pick No. 67 CFN Overall Ranking: 127
CFN Analysis: Peyton has a new toy to play with. Will Hillman pay off for a Manning offense like another San Diego State quick back, Marshall Faulk? Hillman isn't Faulk, but he's very fast, very explosive, and can potentially do the job Knowshon Moreno was supposed to. At the very least he'll be a good part of a rotation with Willis McGahee.

Really small, but really, really fast and really productive, he's a 4.4 speedster who can cut on a dime and plays fast on the field. Considering he's not all that big, he's a strong runner who pinballs his way through a defense and will fight for a yard when needed. A workhorse, he doesn't take a ton of clean shots and he's always seemingly able to protect his body; he realizes he's not built like Brandon Jacobs. Very young, he has a long shelf-life and he could become a great third down back and a change-of-pace runner in the right tandem. There are fumbling problems and he has to learn how to be more of a receiver, but he's an elite athlete with no bust potential. Someone will be jacked up to get him in the middle of the draft.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

Fourth Round

CB Omar Bolden, Arizona State 5-10, 202
Overall Pick No. 101 CFN Overall Ranking: 143
Really, really strong, cranking out a phenomenal 25 reps on the bench at the Combine showing that he could end up seeing time as a safety. Physical, he uses that strength to bully receivers and he's never afraid to come up with a big stop and a tackle, while he also has the quickness and athleticism to match up well against the speed targets. Smart, he doesn't make a slew of mistakes and he always seems to be in the right place at the right time. So what's the problem? He can't stay healthy. He tore up his knee early in his career and was always nicked and banged up. With his toughness and style, there's a chance he won't have a long shelf life.
CFN Projection: Third Round

Fourth Round

C Phillip Blake, Baylor 6-2, 312
Overall Pick No. 108  CFN Overall Ranking: 179
Tremendously steady, he was a key part of an explosive Baylor offense as the leader of the strong line. While he's big and versatile, with the ability to move to guard if needed, he's also quick and is great at making things happen on the move. Looks-wise, he's what an NFL coaching staff wants with the bulk and the strength – few prospects in the draft have his base strength. Even so, he doesn't use his tools to be a blaster of a run blocker and spent his career in a finesse attack and he didn't have to do much with any power. Valuable as a key reserve, he'll find a job, but he needs to be in a zone-blocking scheme or a passing attack to be at his most valuable.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

Fifth Round

DE Malik Jackson, Tennessee 6-4, 284
Overall Pick No. 137 CFN Overall Ranking: 155
Just big enough to be a tackle if absolutely needed, and just quick enough to be used as an end, he's a versatile option who'll likely be working as a 3-4 end. While he's not an elite athlete, he does a nice job of holding up against the run and moves well to make plays on the move. He doesn't have enough athleticism be considered a top pass rusher, and he needs to hit the weight room to get functionally stronger; he's a tweener both in good and bad ways. With good character and good leadership skills he's the type of player who stays on a roster because he'll do whatever is needed in a backup role, While he'll never be a star, he can carve out a decent career as a swing reserve.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

Sixth Round

OLB Danny Trevathan, Kentucky 6-0, 237
Overall Pick No. 188 CFN Overall Ranking: 189

Too small, too slow, too short, and not strong enough, he doesn't have the elite tools to be an NFL star. However, he's a tackling machine who was one of the best and most underappreciated linebackers over the last few seasons, making big things happen at a high SEC level. Intensity and want-to aren't a problem, and he never misses a tackle. While size matters, he was durable enough to get through game after game and still keep on producing. Unfortunately, he's not a pass defender, doesn't have top pass rushing skills, and he'll need to be in a linebacking corps with bigger more talented players.
CFN Projection: Seventh Round