The 2013 NFL Draft is quickly approaching and where teams might go with their first-round pick changes by the minute. The Denver Broncos are no different, but two names have surfaced in recent days as possibilities.
One of the names is cornerback Desmond Trufant who we talked about a couple of days ago. There is an increasingly popular thought that Trufant might slip to the Broncos at number 28. If he does, then it is hard to see John Elway passing on a cornerback of that caliber.
Ever since the playoff loss to the New England Patriots in January of 2012, Elway has constantly stressed that defenses have to have the ability to cover when teams spread them out. On the surface, it seems as if the Broncos have enough corners to get done what they need to get done.
They have Champ Bailey, who had a solid season overall. Chris Harris is considered to be one of the best young cornerbacks around the league, and they signed Dominque-Rodgers Cromartie. The Broncos also like the potential of second-year player Omar Bolden, and Tony Carter was solid until the last couple games of the season.
Even with all of those cornerbacks, the Broncos struggled to cover the receivers of the Ravens. That’s the primary reason that Elway could go cornerback in the first-round. Keep in mind that Bailey is 35, Cromartie is on a one year deal and the Broncos are not sold on Carter. Those factors, combined with Elway’s desire to cover spread offenses, make drafting a cornerback like Trufant a distinct possibility.
The other name that has been connected to the Broncos in the past couple of days has been a running back, but not the one you may think. Jonathan Franklin of the UCLA Bruins is rapidly shooting up draft boards and is now expected to go before Eddie Lacy.
The question is will the Broncos use a first-round pick on a running back, especially when their offense is set up around Peyton Manning? The thought here is that the Broncos will draft a running back at some point, but it is difficult to see them doing so with the 28th pick.
In the last mock draft we did for the Broncos, we had them taking Le’Veon Bell in the fourth-round. Bell brings the same type of game as Franklin but the Broncos can get better value with him in the fourth-round.
Now that we’ve talked about cornerback and running back, the Broncos are sure to go defensive end with their first pick. The good news is that in two days, all the guessing stops and the real thing begins.
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