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2014 NFL Draft: Denver Broncos’ 5 Dark Horse First Round Targets

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5 Dark Horse Targets the Denver Broncos Could Draft

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In the NFL Draft, you may never know what a team will do when they are on the clock. The Denver Broncos are no different. Back in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Broncos went with Von Miller with the second overall pick when most people believed they would go with Marcell Dareus. I would not be surprised if the Broncos changed their minds last minute in the first round.

With that in mind, here are some dark horse candidates the Broncos could draft.

5. Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri

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5. Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri

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This dark horse could be possible if the Broncos trade up in the draft. Kony Ealy is a solid defensive player who can create pressure on the quarterback. Having him on the opposite side of Von Miller will make the Broncos defense very dangerous.

4. C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama

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4. C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama

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The Broncos are looking for some defensive help, especially at the linebacker position. If they believe C.J. Mosley has what it takes to help their defense, they should do what they can to acquire the talented inside linebacker. He could help revitalize the defense in a big way.

3. Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

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3. Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

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The Broncos were able to address the secondary in the free agency period. With Chris Harris still recovering from an ACL injury, one player the team could pursue is Jason Verrett. His abilities to stay with the wide out and make a play on the ball is what the Broncos could use for a huge run during the season.

2. Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville

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2. Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville

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With the addition of T.J. Ward, the Broncos got a hard hitting safety. Drafting Calvin Pryor would be a great fit for the team. Pryor could help Ward cover the middle of the field and create some bone crushing hits that would make any receiver afraid to catch a pass in the middle. Pryor's abilities to read the quarterback and pursue the ball carrier makes him a player the Broncos should take a chance on.

1. Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State

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1. Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State

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With Eric Decker playing for the New York Jets, the Broncos could use a playmaker at the wide out position. Signing Emmanuel Sanders was a great first step for the team, but with rumors circling on Brandin Cook's interest in catching passes from Peyton Manning, it makes him a dark horse for the Broncos to draft. He can make plays in the open field and would be a great addition.