We are now entering the sixth round of the 2017 Denver Bronco mock draft. With five rounds completed, the Broncos have addressed many position needs but have also boosted their talent on both sides of the ball. Let’s recap my selections from the first five rounds.
Round 1 (#20)
TE O.J Howard (Alabama)
Round 2 (#51)
ILB Raekwon McMillan (Ohio State)
Round 3 (#82 & #101)
WR ArDarius Stewart (Alabama)
DE Demarcus Walker (Florida State)
Round 4 (#127)
CB Corn Elder (Miami)
Round 5 (#177)
RB James Connor (Pittsburgh)
Let’s start by discussing the most recent pick which was James Connor, running back out of Pittsburgh. There were mixed feelings among the people about this selection. I believe most of that is attributed to Pittsburgh not having the television time that some other backs might have. However, Connor had production numbers in 2016 that proves he can be an NFL running back. He posted over 1,000 rushing yards and 300 receiving yards as well as 20 combined touchdowns to end his junior season. He may not have made the headlines but his production will catch the attention of NFL organizations.
With that being said, let’s go ahead and see what prospects may still be around for the Broncos at the 203rd selection in the sixth round.
FS Rayshawn Jenkins
Size: 6-2 210 lbs
Jenkins is another playmaker to come out of the University of Miami. The Miami safety played all four years and brings a pretty impressive resume to the NFL. As Jenkins climbed the ranks at Miami, his productivity showed his growth in the program. During his time as a starter, Jenkins ranked in the top five in tackles for his defensive unit over a four-year span. He finished off his senior campaign by accumulating 76 tackles and nearly five tackles for a loss which earned him honors as an All-ACC Honorable Mention selection.
If you remember in last years draft, the Denver Broncos struck gold in the sixth round by selecting strong safety, Will Parks. If the Broncos add depth to this position, this will be the round to do it. Jenkins has the physicality and speed to fit in Denver’s “No Fly Zone” and learn under guys like T.J Ward and Darian Stewart.
SS Josh Harvey-Clemons
Size: 6-4 217 lbs
Harvey-Clemons has the size and frame to be a dominant force in the NFL but he has some questions to answer regarding his past. During his sophomore year at Georgia, he performed admirably by finishing with 66 stops and one interception.
However, he was then dismissed from the program after failing two drug tests. Harvey-Clemons then transferred to Louisville soon after and didn’t see the field for a full year. In his final two seasons at Louisville, the safety added 149 tackles and six tackles for a loss.
Listen, this is a young man who has made mistakes. A similar situation happened with current Arizona Cardinal, Tyrann Mathieu, when he was playing at LSU. This is a player that would do well in an organization that has a veteran locker room and could give him the support and guidance that he needs to be a professional. I can’t think of another better place than Denver.
DT Jeremiah Ledbetter
Size: 6-3 280 lbs
Ledbetter is going to get a lot of attention in the later rounds. The Arkansas product was overshadowed in the SEC but he still had productive years in Fayetteville. Ledbetter was a monster in the middle during his senior season as he led the team with nearly six sacks. The defensive tackle will have to add some strength to play at the next level but the Denver Broncos would be fine with that as they just signed two defensive tackles during the free agency period.
Writer’s 203rd selection
With the 203rd selection in the 2017 NFL draft, I have selected Josh Harvey-Clemons, safety out of Louisville. Harvey-Clemons has early round talent but his off the field questions have pushed him into the later rounds. This would be a steal for the Broncos in round six. I like the idea of current Bronco safety, T.J Ward, being his mentor and giving him the opportunity to become a dominant force down the road.
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