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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 1:56 am    Post subject: 2013 MOCK DRAFT v.1 Reply with quote


Dan Koppen - C

WHY? I know its not a popular opinion, but I think we get priced out of Koppen. He is easily the best OC on the market, and will get large offers. I cant see our team opting to give Koppen a big deal when the younger, cheaper Walton should be 100% by the start of the season and was playing very well before he went down.

Justin Bannan - DT

WHY? He is a trooper but just doesnt offer much.

Jim Leonard - S, Keith Brooking - MLB, Chris Gronkowski - FB, Caleb Haine - QB, Ty Warren - DT, Tracy Porter - CB


Ryan Clady - LT

*** 5 years, 60 million, 30 million guaranteed ***
(26 years old, 6'6, 315lbs, 5.18 40)

Contract Breakdown

Year 1 - 9M
Year 2 - 10M
Year 3 - 11M
Year 4 - 12M
Year 5 - 14M

WHY? I would hate to go into the season with a Franchise tag on Clady. Yes, he has an injured shoulder but he should easily be 100% by the start of the season. Clady is elite, a top 3 LT. He can pass block with the best of them and has greatly improved in the run game. The above contract pays him Joe Thomas money, and he is worth it. He doesnt break Joe Thomas's average of 12M a year due to his injury history.

Kevin Vickerson - DT

*** 3 years, 8 million dollars, 3 million guaranteed ***
(30 years old, 6'5, 290lbs, 5.15 40)

Contract Breakdown

Year 1 - 2M
Year 2 - 2.5M
Year 3 - 3M

WHY? Some people are really overrating the market value for Vickerson, and I want to say that before everyone [MOD EDIT] at me for thinking we can sign him to a deal starting at 2M. Yes, he played very well last year. But, teams overpay for young(ish) former 1st round DT's (Bunkley), they dont overpay for low drafted, 30 year old journeymen who have just now got a good thing going. Thats my rant. Now in terms of Vickerson. He is a well rounded DT who doesnt make mistakes in the run game, is great at contain and can push the pocket a bit. He seems to love Denver and is guaranteed to start next season.

2012/13 STATS: 16 games, 40 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 pass deflection, 1 FF, 4 tackles for loss
CAREER STATS: 60 games, 131 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 8 pass deflections, 2 FF, 1 INT, 8 tackles for loss

Brandon Stoakley - WR

*** 1 year, Vet Min ***
(36 years old, 6'0, 194lbs, 4.49 40)

WHY? Pretty easy decision, he was reliable last season and will come cheap. He has great chemistry with Peyton and would love to finish out his career in Denver
2012/13 STATS -16 games, 45 catches, 544 yards, 12.1 yards, 5 TD
CAREER STATS - 146 games, 384 catches, 5,224 yards, 39 TD

David Bruton - ST

*** 1 year, Vet Min ***
(25 years old, 6'2, 217lbs, 4.46 40)

WHY? He is an elite ST player and will come cheap. That about sums it up.

Britton Colquitt - P, Chris Clark - OT, Mitch Unrein - DT, Tony Carter - CB all get RFA/EFRA Tenders.


DJ Williams - OLB

*** Add's 6M in cap space ***

WHY? While I think DJ has alot left in the tank, I dont think he ultimately takes the type of paycut we will expect out of him. In addition its tough to rely on a guy to start at a position when he will be booted for a whole season should he F up again. And then there is the fact that he has previously expressed vocal displeasure with playing the MLB spot. It just seems like a move that our FO will end up making, unless he decides to take a restructure of 50+%.

Joe Mays - MLB

*** Add's 4M in cap space ***

WHY? Do I need to explain this? Mays is a great guy, hard worker and a good football player. In a 3-4. Its pretty darn clear that this guy is made to be a 'thumper' ILB in a 3-4 and has no business starting as a 4-3 MLB. Its sad to see a guy with his character go but he has no place here and is incredibly overpaid. He will find a starting gig on a 3-4 team, IMO.

Andre Caldwell - WR

*** Add's .9M in cap space ***

WHY? Guy was bleh.


NOTE: I am not going to explain these restructures, but I think our FO will ask some players to make some sacrifices this off-season and we can all hope that the players listen.

Elvis Dumervil - DE

*** Cap hit for 2013 reduced from $12M to $10M ***

Champ Bailey - CB

*** Cap hit for 2013 reduced from 9.5M to 8M ***

Chris Kuper - OG

*** Cap hit for 2013 reduced from 4.5M to 3.5M ***



*** 2 years, 6 million dollars, 4 million guaranteed ***
(From Chicago Bears, 34 years old, 6'4, 258lbs, 4.56 40)

WHY? It is very likely that he leaves Chicago with the new regime and his age catching up a bit. He still has a lot of game left in him and displayed last season that he still has the athleticism to play zone cover and even man cover many TE's. In fact, he still is near elite as a cover MLB, which we all seem to have griped about lacking last season. He doesnt get at the QB anymore, but we dont rush our MLB much. His football IQ is still elite and he is a vocal defensive leader that our team sorely lacks. He will basically be a supercharged Keith Brooking. I think he is itching to play for a contender and Denver is an ideal place for him, as he is guaranteed to start. He can be the Peyton of our defense and provide some of that heart and soul we have missed since Dawkins retired.

2012/13 STATS - 12 games, 68 tackles, 2 FF, 1 INT, 7 pass deflections, 8 tackles for loss
CAREER STATS - 182 games, 1,353 tackles, 41.5 sacks, 12 FF, 22 INT, 91 pass deflections, 90 tackles for loss


*** 3 years, 10 million dollars, 3 million guaranteed ***
(From Jacksonville Jaguars, 26 years old, 6'3, 330lbs, 5.22 40)

WHY? Knighton had a down year in Jacksonville, and apparently didn't give his 100% on every play. He actually seems like one of those immature guys that play up and down to how well there team is doing. Fortunate for us, our team is in the upper echelon. Knighton is a very talented DT with elite speed off the snap for a guy his size. He is an excellent run defender and constantly demands double teams. Justin Bannan was a nice player last year, but he is old and doesn't really offer anything other than sure tackling, while Terrance can collapse the pocket and be a sporadic play maker in the backfield. Add in the fact that he played under JDR before and seems to fit what we look for in a NT and the guy makes too much sense.

2012/13 STATS - 16 games (4 starts), 32 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 pass deflection, 2 FF, 4 tackles for loss
CAREER STATS - 61 games, 140 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 6 pass deflections, 2 FF, 17 tackles for loss


*** 1 year, 1.5 million dollars, .5 million guaranteed ***
(From New Orleans Saints, 30 years old, 5'11, 200lbs, 4.36 40)

WHY? We need a deep threat and he is a good option. As he is on the downside of his career, he should come cheap. He wont see the field too often but would be a nice weapon to have.
2012/13 STATS - 15 games, 22 catches, 316 yards, 14.4 ypc, 1 TD
CAREER STATS - 123 games, 245 catches, 4,377 yards, 17.9 ypc, 20 TD


*** The Denver Broncos trade #28 and a conditional 2013 3rd round draft pick to the New York Jets for Darrell Revis - CB ***

(27 years old, 5'11, 198lbs, 4.38 40)

WHY? Its clear that Elway is willing to make moves for elite players. Well, Revis is the best CB in the game. Even coming off an ACL injury, he is a legit top 10 defensive player. His age, talent and fit are just perfect. Lets face it, we have a 2 year window at this point. Its a big risk dealing a 1st for a player coming off an ACL injury but with our short window, we need to roll the dice. Having three elite CB's in Revis, Champ and Harris will give our secondary insane scheme versatility and allow our pass rushers that extra second needed to get at the QB. Its a chance to possibly have the best secondary in the history of the NFL. Its a chance we need to take. He will demand an insane contract, but our FO will find a way to make it work. I hope.
2012/13 STATS - 2 games, 11 tackles, 1 FF, 1 INT, 3 pass deflections,
CAREER STATS - 79 games, 294 tackles, 1 sack, 3 FF, 19 INT, 98 pass deflections, 2 tackles for loss

58. Travis Frederick - OG/OC

(Wisconsin, Junior, 6'4, 338lbs, 5.27 40)

WHY? I do not think we can rely on Walton and Kuper. Enter Frederick, a mauling interior lineman who has experience playing OC and OG for a team that is known to pump out quality NFL offensive linemen. His size and power fit the type of OL that Elway seems to prefer (Think of the size of Franklin and Blake). He needs to work on balance but he has been playing since his Freshman year and has shown NFL size, power and suprisingly quick feet. He has added value due to his ability to play OC and OG, although I think he is more natural as a OG. IMO he is flying under the radar a bit due to how top heavy this class is at OG and OC. Elway has said that he wants starters out of the 1st few rounds of the draft and I think Travis would be a 4-8 game starter as a rookie and our future replacement for Kuper.

90. Sio Moore - MLB/OLB

(UConn, Senior, 6'1, 240lbs, 4.62 40)

WHY? This pick will get a ton of hate, but I believe in this kid. First off, lets acknowledge his lack of height. Lets also acknowledge that Ray Lewis, Pat Willis, Navarro Bowman, etc. are all 6'1 or shorter. Lets also note that Sio has longer arms than most OT's (33 inches), larger hands than all WR's at the Senior Bowl and has put up elite numbers for 3 years at UConn. He uses his large wingspan and powerful hands to engage and disengage blockers before they can flush him out of the play, allowing him to shoot gaps and get to the QB while also stuffing the run. In addition he has consistently made plays in the pass game, showing great range and loose hips for a LB. I think he is a great MLB prospect with elite physical tools and elite production. Look him up. He wont be a starter but he can play ST and develop behind Urlacher.
2012/13 STATS - 12 games, 72 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss, 8 sacks, 11 pass deflections
CAREER STATS - 40 games, 274 tackles, 44 tackles for loss, 16 sacks, 18 pass deflections, 4 INT

122. Chris Harper - WR

(Kansas State, Senior, 6'1, 228lbs, 4.46 40)

WHY? I am a huge Harper fan. He is still developing as a WR, starting his career as a QB at Oregon. He possesses rare power, weighing nearly 230lbs, but is also a guy that will run around 4.45 in the 40 yards. He has the versatility to play in the slot and on the outside and even if he flames out as a WR (He wont) he is going to be an elite ST player. His power off the snap is excellent, and he has the speed to separate once he pushes off the LOS. His deep ball skills are not great, but he can get YAC and has size that makes secondary players bounce off him. He fits our mid ranged passing game very well and will challenge Stoakley for the #3 spot next season.
2012/13 STATS - 13 games, 58 catches, 857 yards, 14.8 ypc, 3 TD
CAREER STATS - 51 games, 131 catches, 1,851 yards, 14.1 ypc, 14 TD

150. Chris Jones DT

(Bowling Green, Senior, 6'1, 293lbs, 5.06 40)

WHY? He is the perfect fit for what we need from our DT spot, a nonstop motor and refined pass rush moves and the ability to get at the QB. He didnt play great competition in college but he showed some NFL talent. His game may max out as a pass rush specialist but this late in the draft he is a great talent. IDK if he will be good enough against the run to play in sub-packages his rookie season but a pass-rush front line of Von-Jones-Wolfe-Doom is drool worthy.
2012/13 STATS - 13 games, 42 tackles, 19 tackles for loss, 12.5 sacks
CAREER STATS - 50 games, 157 tackles, 46.5 tackles for loss, 26 sacks

208. Lonnie Pryor RB/FB

(Florida State, Senior, 6'0, 230lbs, 4.54 40)

WHY? This kid is the Bryce Brown of 2013 only unlike Bryce he didnt squander his opportunities but rather was such a team player that he rolled with being moved to FB. His size and power are only comparable to Lacy and Le'Von and he will be available much later, and he has a better second gear than the both of them. His lack of touches are a plus in terms of how little wear he has on his treads, and he provides added value as a FB, goal line RB and overall experienced pass blocker due to his time at FB. He will be a great ST player as well. He does need to work on his catching but he has flashed natural talent in that are. I think he is going to be a great steal and when the draft rolls around we probably will need to trade up from the low 7th to the low 5th to snag him. Dont be surprised if he goes ahead of some far more talked about RB prospects when the big day rolls around.
2012/13 STATS - 14 games, 47 carries, 376 yards, 8 ypc, 8 TD, 13 catches, 117 yards
CAREER STATS - 54 games, 128 carries, 718 yards, 5.6 ypc, 18 TD, 41 catches, 379 yards, 5 TD


QB - Peyton Manning / Brock Osweiler
RB - Willis McGhaee or Knowshon Moreno / Ronnie Hillman
FB - Lonnie Pryor
WR1 - Bay Bay / Chris Harper
WR2 - Eric Decker / Devery Henderson
WR3 - Brandon Stoakley
TE - Joel Dressen / Jacob Tamme / Virgil Green
LT - Ryan Clady / Chris Clark
LG - Zane Beadles / Travis Frederick / Manny Ramirez
OC - JD Walton / Travis Frederick
RG - Chris Kuper / Travis Frederick / Manny Ramirez
RT - Orlando Franklin / Chris Clark


DE - Derek Wolfe / Robert Ayers
DT - Kevin Vickerson / Mitch Unrein
DT - Terrance Knighton / (Derek Wolfe) / Chris Jones
DE - Elvis Dumervil / Malik Jackson / Jeremy Beal
SLB - Von Miller / Nate Irving
MLB - Brian Urlacher / Sio Moore
WLB - Wesley Woodyard / Danny Trevethan
CB1 - Darrell Revis / Tony Carter
CB2 - Chris Harris / Omar Bolden
CB3 - (Champ Bailey)
S - Champ Bailey / Mike Adams
S - Rahim Moore / Quinton Carter

RS - Tridon Holliday
ST - David Bruton
P - Britton Colquitt
K - Matt Prater
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 7:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Original draft and extensive work put in. Good job, man.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 9:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bingo! This would be awesome. Sio is bad a$$, so is Pryor. My mom is a huge FSU fan and I had to watch games with her, and he is very good. Actually, I like James Wilder the best, but that won't happen for a few more years.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 11:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I dont mind this... Just dont understand drafting Frederick to have him backup. Not my cup of tea. Good work for it
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It should be appreciated, by everyone, how thorough you've been.
While I have not been as warm to the Revis trade as most, I do like this as a whole. Well done my man.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 11:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very well put together, and you had me up until the Revis trade. Between the picks we would have to give up, the money we would have to give him, and the fact that he is coming off major knee surgery, he scares me just a bit too much.

I do like the Urlacher signing though. I had thought about this possibility the other day. I do hope that the Bears let him go, and the Broncos make an attempt for him.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 12:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JerseysFinest27 wrote:
I dont mind this... Just dont understand drafting Frederick to have him backup. Not my cup of tea. Good work for it

I realize his depth chart has Frederick as a back up, and resigning Kuper, but if they draft a G that high, I think it would indicate a lack of confidence in one of the two starters. I agree it's too high for depth.
To me it says Kuper may be on thin ice, be it his contract, age+injury history, or maybe they get rid of the contract all together. Not sure about this pick myself really. Also, I'm not convinced Frederick would last to #58?
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 12:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Really well formatted, easy read with a ton of information. Love mocks where I can learn about prospects too - and you definitely educated me on some new guys to keep on my radar!

Also like the draft. Would like Frederick no matter what capacity he's in. He upgrades Ramirez, and if Kuper can't get over the injury bug, we don't miss a beat on the OL like we do with going from Kuper to Ramirez. I'm fine using a 2nd on a guy like Frederick when he's insurance for a guy whose backup is absolutely atrocious. There's always injuries along the OL and this goes a long way. Look where the Ravens OL depth took them - they had to re-shuffle their OL in the playoffs due to injury and thankfully had quality ready to step in. One more injury to Kuper and he could be off the roster due to his contract, so Frederick, while maybe not a starter immediately the way this draft plays out, has a ton of worth as a back up especially with our starting Center and Right Guard coming off injury plagued seasons.

Like the Sio Moore pick - UConn, obv.

Really liked the write up you did on the FSU running back. Love waiting on RB's especially this year. Weak class at the position better to wait and try finding a diamond in the rough.

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1. My mod hat had to go on. Just replace that word with something forum appropriate, please! Swearing is against forum rules, no matter the context.

2. Bannan most likely comes back. He was an all AFC west DT by pro football focus judgement, and he's at home in Colorado, which will likely allow us a pretty good discount. He's an easy, cheap contract to get done. Prob wants a shot at the Super Bowl too.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 2:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hate the Revis trade. Too much money for two corners. It just doen't make sense to me.

Pryor won't be around in the 7th. If giuys like you and I notice his talents, surely NFL scouting departments do. Love the player though. He is my favorite mid round guy this year.

Overall you did a great job and adressed alot of needs. The draft is good other than the Revis trade and free agency is good except for Urlacher who is as good as done.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 3:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Winder23 wrote:
I hate the Revis trade. Too much money for two corners. It just doen't make sense to me.


I don't get it either. We've got Harris coming up shortly and as someone else posted, the sooner we extend him the cheaper he'll be long term.

Under the cap, I just don't see how you can have two $10mil+ CB's on one team. Toss in Harris and a backup or two and we'd be close to the $30mil mark at one position, almost 25% of the cap!
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 10:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd be thrilled with an offseason like this. Denver would be a much better team defensively if something like this came to fruition. Add in that Denver grabs 3 talented players with their first 3 picks and even if they don't make an impact day 1, it helps ensure the future.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2013 1:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

IMO you are cutting our next MLB (DJ) and signing a washed up FA (Urlacher) who isn't nearly as healthy as DJ.
I think it will take more than a 1st (#2Cool and a 3rd rounder to get Revis.
I like your draft but it won't offer much immediate help, again IMO.
Thanks for sharing it with us.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2013 2:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If broncos can afford this im all over it..2 top CB, urlacher in middle, and keep DT together...good job
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