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Denver Broncos' 2014 Scouting Combine Stock Report

Cecil LammeyContributor IFebruary 27, 2014

Denver Broncos' 2014 Scouting Combine Stock Report

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    The 2014 NFL Scouting Combine has officially wrapped up. It’s time to reflect on the performances we saw on the field at Lucas Oil Stadium.

    For a review of what the Denver Broncos were looking for at the combine, check out our primer from last week.

    General manager John Elway, head coach John Fox and some others in the Broncos front office came to Indianapolis to find gems in this draft class. Armed with the 31st overall pick, the Broncos are looking for impact players who could help the team get back to the Super Bowl in 2014.

    Players at the combine are tested in many different ways, both physical and mental. In this combine stock report, we will take a look at the results from the physical tests.

    I was able to interview many players during the week of the combine, and I’ll include any insight gained from those interviews in this piece as well.

    Some players may have increased their stock so much that they no longer become an option for the Broncos at their current pick. When I asked him about the team moving up in the draft, Elway told me at the combine, “We’ll look at all those possibilities as we get closer [to the draft].”

    Other players may have hurt their stock with a poor performance at the combine. Teams may look at a player differently if he doesn’t put up numbers that showcase his natural talent.

    Let’s take a look at the stock report for potential targets of the Broncos in the 2014 NFL draft.

     

    Times and measurables provided by the NFL’s official combine website unless specified otherwise.

Stock Up: DT Aaron Donald, PITT

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    40 Time: 4.68 seconds *

    Bench: 35 reps *

    Vertical Jump: 32.0 inches

    Broad Jump: 116 inches

    Three-Cone Drill: 7.11 seconds *

    Aaron Donald was arguably the best player during the week of practice for the 2014 Reese’s Senior Bowl earlier this year. His performance at the combine further elevated his draft stock.

    Donald, weighing in at 285 pounds, ran the fifth-fastest 40-yard dash of any defensive lineman. His 4.68-second time was the highest of any defensive tackle at the combine.

    He’s instantly disruptive off the line of scrimmage, and Donald quickly gets up the field after the snap. Donald also understands leverage, and he can get underneath the pads of an opponent to control the point of attack.

    With his stock skyrocketing in the pre-draft process, the days of thinking he could be available at 31 overall are long gone. If the Broncos want to add Donald to the roster, they will likely have to trade up to get him.

     

    *denotes a top performer at his position

Stock Down: LB Trent Murphy, Stanford

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    40 Time: 4.86 seconds

    Bench: 19 reps

    Vertical Jump: 35.5 inches

    Broad Jump: 118 inches

    Three-Cone Drill: 6.78 seconds *

    Trent Murphy’s draft stock continues a slide originally started at the Senior Bowl. During the week of practice for the Senior Bowl, Murphy struggled with stamina and was not a standout player in drills. During the combine, Murphy ran a slower than expected 40-yard dash.

    Murphy has the ability to set the edge as a run defender. On film, he can find the ball quickly and has a good closing burst to the quarterback. That burst did help Murphy test as a top performer in the three-cone drill.

    Once thought of as a first-round pick, Murphy may fall to the end of the second round after failing to impress so far in the pre-draft process. The Broncos may draft Murphy, but it’s doubtful he makes it into the first round.

     

    *denotes a top performer at his position

Stock Up: WR Paul Richardson, Colorado

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    40 Time: 4.40 seconds

    Bench: n/a

    Vertical Jump: 38.0 inches

    Broad Jump: 124 inches

    Three-Cone Drill: 7.09 seconds

    Paul Richardson put on a show at the combine. His speed was on display, running an official 4.40 40-yard dash.

    On Sunday, I was able to watch some of the drills at the combine. Watching Richardson during the same drills with Sammy Watkins (Clemson) was a real treat.

    Richardson was ripping passes out of the air, and he did a good job of looking passes into his hands. He made moves at full speed, and Richardson did not lose much speed when changing direction. Richardson also did a fine job of tracking passes over his shoulder.

    The Broncos may lose Eric Decker in free agency this offseason. I asked Richardson what it would feel like starting opposite Demaryius Thomas in Denver. “I think I would fit great in that offense. I was fortunate to play in three different offensive schemes in my college career for three different coaching staffs.”

    Broncos fans would love to see a player I’ve called the next DeSean Jackson in orange and blue on Sundays.

Stock Down: WR Jarvis Landry, LSU

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    40 Time: 4.77 seconds

    Bench: 12 reps

    Vertical Jump: 28.5 inches

    Broad Jump: 110 inches

    Three-Cone Drill: n/a

    Jarvis Landry came into the combine as a borderline first-round pick. On film, Landry shows a fearlessness running routes over the middle and good run-after-the-catch ability.

    I’ve watched Landry closely during his college career, and I did not expect him to be a burner. His 4.77-second 40-yard dash backed up that belief.

    Landry can make up for his slow time at LSU’s pro day, but in this deep wide receiver class he may not have enough explosion to warrant a first-round pick.

    The Broncos are at 31 overall in the first round. Landry is likely to be on the board at that time. I’ve compared his skill set to Eric Decker, so if the Broncos lose Decker in free agency then perhaps adding Landry makes sense.

    At this time, it seems more likely that Landry would fall to the early second round.

Stock Up: TE Crockett Gillmore, Colorado State

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    40 Time: 4.89 seconds

    Bench: n/a

    Vertical Jump: 33.5 inches *

    Broad Jump: 120 inches *

    Three-Cone Drill: 7.42 seconds

    Crockett Gillmore is not going to set any land-speed records. His 4.89-second 40-yard dash tied for 13th best among the 22 tight ends at the combine.

    Most scouts weren’t expecting Gillmore to have blazing speed.

    However, Gillmore did impress during pass-catching drills. He regularly snatched the ball out of the air, and he was able to turn quickly up the field after the catch.

    Gillmore has continued to elevate his draft stock during the pre-draft process. He was a standout player for me during the week of practice for the East-West Shrine Game earlier this year. His solid play continued the next week when he was an injury replacement at the 2014 Reese’s Senior Bowl.

    He also checked in with the largest hands (10.38") of any tight end at the combine.

    The Broncos may have a need at tight end this offseason. Gillmore would be a great addition, but he may not be the “sleeper” pick he was a month ago.

     

    *denotes a top performer at his position

Stock Down: TE Jace Amaro, Texas Tech

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    40 Time: 4.74 seconds *

    Bench: 28 reps *

    Vertical Jump: 33.0 inches *

    Broad Jump: 118 inches *

    Three-Cone Drill: 7.42 seconds

    Jace Amaro is a move tight end who played most of his snaps in college from the slot position. He has good run-after-the-catch ability, but his straight-line speed did not come through at the combine.

    His 4.74-second 40-yard dash was slower than expected. His time in the three-cone drill was also much slower than anticipated.

    He did show better athleticism with his vertical and broad jumps. Amaro also showed his athleticism with a 4.3-second 20-yard shuttle and a 12.26 60-yard shuttle. Both of those ranked as top performers at the tight end position.

    However, Amaro struggled in the pass-catching drills. He dropped a few passes which will only bring up more questions about his nine-inch hands.

    The Broncos may move on from either Jacob Tamme or Joel Dreessen (or both) this offseason. This means they could be looking for a tight end in the draft. Amaro was once thought of as a first-round pick. He may slide into Day 2 of the NFL draft after this performance at the combine.

     

    *denotes a top performer at his position

Stock Up: CB Bradley Roby, Ohio State

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    40 Time: 4.39 seconds *

    Bench: 17 reps

    Vertical Jump: 38.5 inches

    Broad Jump: 124 inches

    Three-Cone Drill: n/a

    Bradley Roby was known as a fast corner before the scouting combine. His 4.39 40-yard dash ranked fourth best for the corners who tested at the combine.

    According to Mike Mayock from NFL Network, Roby needs some technique work. On film, Roby was guilty of peeking into the backfield too often. This makes him susceptible to double-moves by wide receivers.

    Roby does play with an aggressive style, and with his smaller stature that could lead to injury concerns at the pro level.

    Teams could fall in love with Roby’s measurables. However, somebody will have to figure out a way to get more consistent play out of the young cornerback.

    If the Broncos lose Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in free agency (and even if they don’t), they could be in the market for a corner in the first round of the 2014 NFL draft.

    With his speed and feisty nature, Roby would be a fine pick.

     

    *denotes a top performer at his position

Stock Down: CB Marcus Roberson, Florida

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    40 Time: 4.61 seconds

    Bench: 8 reps

    Vertical Jump: 37.5 inches

    Broad Jump: 120 inches

    Three-Cone Drill: 6.84 seconds

    Marcus Roberson had a slower than expected 40-yard dash. NFL Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders had strong words about Roberson’s time.

     

    UF CB Marcus Roberson just ran a 4.59 unofficial. "That's a safety. What he ran is a safety (time), not a corner," Deion Sanders said.

    — Omar Kelly (@OmarKelly) February 25, 2014

     

    His eight reps on the bench press were the second worst for all cornerbacks who chose to lift. It will be critical for Roberson to test better at Florida’s pro day if he wants to be a top-50 pick.

    In an era of high-powered passing games, NFL teams are looking for corners who can transition with speed down the field. Roberson was once thought to be an option for the Broncos at the end of the first round. Now, it looks like he may still be on the board when they select near the end of the second round.

     

    Note: All quotes and injury/practice observations obtained firsthand. Record/statistical information provided via email from the Denver Broncos. All contract information for individual players is from Spotrac.com. Draft grades all from NFLDraftScout.com. Cecil Lammey can be followed on Twitter @CecilLammey. 

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