Draft day is finally here and all of the mocks are now complete. After looking back over the past two months, there is one thing that I can’t get out of my head. For the past two plus years, John Elway has been very consistent on one point; if you are going to play good defense in today’s NFL, then you better be able to cover receivers in the spread offense.
The Denver Broncos had a very good season in 2012, but the lasting image of their secondary is of receivers for the Baltimore Ravens running wide open. Something tells me that is also the lasting thought in the mind of the Broncos’ Vice-President of Football Operations.
Which is why I believe when the Broncos make their pick in the first round on Thursday night, it’s very likely going to be a cornerback. It is true the Broncos also are in need of a pass rusher, but they are more comfortable with what they have in-house than the fans are. They think, right or wrong, that Robert Ayers and Derek Wolfe are more than capable of complementing Von Miller. The Broncos will still draft a pass rusher at some point, but it probably will not be with the number 28 overall selection.
In looking at the last editions of various mock drafts, it is apparent that at least two and maybe three of the top rated cornerbacks are going to be on the board for the Broncos. There is even some thought that DJ Hayden will be there, and if he is, he would almost certainly be the pick. It would be a shocker if Hayden dropped out of the top 15, but there were a couple of mock drafts that did have him there at number 28. The point is that the Broncos are almost certain to have their pick of two or three very good cornerbacks.
The other names include Desmond Trufant, Xavier Rhodes and Jamar Taylor. If they are all there, my guess is that Rhodes would be Elway’s guy. He’s a little bigger than the other two, and that’s what the Broncos want in that position.
It’s still possible the Broncos could trade back, especially if there really are three players they like, but I now believe they will keep the pick and select a cornerback. Elway knows the trend of offenses going to three and four wide receiver sets is only going to continue, and he also knows that you had better have three or four cornerbacks who can cover.
So when commissioner Roger Goodell steps to the podium to announce the Broncos pick it will sound something like this: “With the 28th pick in the first-round, the Denver Broncos select cornerback…………”
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