The National Football League’s decision to move the draft to mid-May has been a disaster. The past two weeks have been painful. How many more ways can the draft be analyzed? Enough already. It has become analysis overload. On top of that, the excitement during the build up that I usually have for the draft has grown into full-on frustration. It is like a three-date rule that has been suddenly changed to a five-date rule.
I am dying for the shroud of secrecy to be removed when the Denver Broncos, and other teams for that matter, make their selections. The draft is long over due. Most team’s draft boards have been set for two weeks. My opinion is also set as this final mock draft has only two changes from Mock Draft 4.0
I still predict the Broncos trade out of the first round. I usually don’t condone trading back, but in this draft they can find a player in the second round who will contribute and also get an additional pick out of the deal. The Broncos’ needs are OL, MLB, CB, WR and RB. Priority #1 is the offensive line. Middle linebacker is not as important, but a close second. The problem is there aren’t many MLBs to choose from in this draft who will make an impact. CB, WR and RB are depth needs.
Mock Draft 4.0 can be found here for reference.
Final Mock Draft
Round 2 (projected trade to the top of round 2) – Jawuan James, OT, Tennessee
I had Morgan Moses here, but the talk now is a team will reach for him in round one, making him unavailable at this spot. James is NFL ready in pass protection. He can also play guard, which offers the Broncos versatility along the line. He can be a day one starter.
Round 2 – Donte Moncrief, WR, Mississippi
Round 3 (projected trade into the early portion of this round) – Pierre Desir, CB, Lindenwood
Round 3 – Yawin Smallwood, MLB, Connecticut
Round 4 – Walt Aikens, CB, Liberty
Round 5 – No selection (potential trade of selections in round 4 & 5 to move into early round 3)
Round 6 – Russell Bodine, OG/C, North Carolina
Bodine was an original selection in my first mock draft back in February. The Broncos need depth on the inside of the offensive line. The signing of Marvin Austin lessens the need for defensive tackle depth prompting me to change this selection.
Round 7 – Lorenzo Taliaferro, RB, Coastal Carolina