Broncos Mock

Ken KooimanContributor IMarch 31, 2010

SAN DIEGO, CA - OCTOBER 19:  Head Coach Josh McDaniels of the Denver Broncos looks on from the sideline against the San Diego Chargers during Monday Night Football on October 19, 2009 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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Trade Brandon Marshall to Tampa Bay for #35.

Trade Tony Scheffler to Cleveland for #71.

Trade #11 with NY Giants for #15 and #76


#15-from NYG- Sean Weatherspoon-Missouri-LB-6'1" 240



Read & React: Good instincts and reaction speed -- knows the game and plays very fast. Reads plays quickly. Easily identifies screen and bootleg and takes away the open check-down receiver in the flat. A bit overzealous against the run. Will take false steps, bite on play-action and run past the ball in the backfield.

Run defense: Very good chase defender who comes downhill in a hurry, especially if the play goes east-west. Scrapes down the line and finds the opening to attack the running back. Physical but tries to avoid linemen in traffic, picking his way through to the ball. Spies the quarterback to prevent long runs on scrambles, and will beat them to the corner from the middle. Usually takes the right chase angle, but is quick enough to recover if the ballcarrier cuts back. Will take on fullback and lineman blocks inside, but does not have the size or punch needed to regularly disengage. Also has troubles getting off run blocks from larger receivers.

Pass defense: Recognizes routes in zone coverage, and is quick enough to lay a lick on receivers coming into his area. Gets deep in his drop and covers a lot of ground. Good enough change-of-direction agility in space to stick with receivers on the edge and run with backs and tight ends over the middle. Runs down the seam with almost any receiver. Natural athlete with very good hand-eye coordination for the interception or pass breakup. Uses quickness and hands to avoid cut blocks by receivers in space. Will face matchup difficulties against taller, faster tight ends at the next level.

Tackling: Wraps up elusive ballcarriers in space. Can line them up for the explosive tackle if given the chance. Pounds receivers coming over the middle, using his shoulder to lay them out. Will overpursue plays or hit a hole before the runner has reached it, opening a cutback lane. Relies on hitting with his shoulder, which will be an issue at the next level. Undisciplined breaking down in space, allowing elusive runners to go around him.

Pass Rush/Blitz: Effective blitzer who finds a hole and explodes through it. Quick enough to elude fullbacks in the hole to get to the quarterback. Can close quickly on quarterbacks and puts on major hits. Works through blocks from tight ends on the edge and linemen or running backs inside to rush the passer. Times jumps to knock down passes on his way to the quarterback.

Intangibles: Upbeat, infectious attitude on the practice field translates as the team's emotional leader.

#35-Charles Brown-OT- Southern California- 6'6" 303



Brown is a former tight end who made the transition to offensive tackle in 2005, a switch made by many successful NFL linemen. Brown first impressed scouts by protecting the blind side of former Trojans quarterback Mark Sanchez. He has displayed ample athletic ability to be considered a left tackle prospect in the NFL. However, Brown is still learning the tricks of the trade and will need to fill out his frame to handle stronger defensive ends in the pros

#45-Arrelious Benn-WR- Illinois- 6'1" 219



Release: Good quickness off the line; lines up in the slot and outside. Good upper-body strength to beat the jam. Presses corners playing off and able to accelerate or use his hands to run by them. Doesn't have the top-end speed to separate from NFL starting corners but makes room using his strength.

Hands: Excellent hands on the jump ball; owns superior body control and vertical ability. Willing to make catches in traffic when in the slot. Adjusts to poor throws; capable of tracking over either shoulder. Loses concentration on simpler passes, however, when getting himself out of position or trying to make a move too early.

Route running: Sharp cut and good head fake on slant pattern. Makes quick cuts on double-moves and can weave his way through defenders in zone to find the open space. Aware of the sideline, often getting two feet in when one is enough. Lazy on out routes, rounding off instead of using his foot quickness to head directly to sideline. Doesn't consistently work past the first down marker or back to a quarterback in trouble. Must accelerate to the ball in open space; doesn't run out every route.

After the catch: Very strong runner with excellent balance after the catch, spinning off tackles and using a stiff arm to keep would-be tacklers away. Has the vision to find openings in space. Owns good speed and hits holes hard when possible, but isn't a burner; can be caught from behind without a great angle. Tough runner and good vision as a kickoff returner, as well; adept at keeping his balance and his legs churning after initial contact.

Blocking: Has the build to effectively negate corners on the edge and flashes explosiveness as a blocker, but effort is inconsistent. Gets the correct angle to create space for his ballcarrier. Needs to attack defenders more often instead of waiting for them, and keep his legs moving once engaged to sustain the block.

Intangibles: Scouts will grill coaches about Benn's effort in practice, as it wasn't always evident on the field. He has worked hard in the weight room, however, and reportedly earned more of a leadership role in his junior season. Played through sprained right ankle after the season opener.

NFL Comparison: Anquan Boldin, Cardinals

#71-from Cleveland-Akwasi Owusu-Ansah- CB-Indiana (PA)- 6'0" 207



 Born in Ghana, his first name means "Born on Sunday," and pro scouts are curious about how well he might play on Sundays. Owusu-Ansah displayed great ability as a returner, where he had nine career touchdowns. Four on punts, three on kickoffs and one each off an interception and a fumble. But he injured his shoulder in November and was unable to play against top competition in postseason all-star games, so questions remain about how well he projects for the NFL. At the combine, he was disappointingly slow (40 yards in 4.58 seconds) and struggled in agility drills. But offseason shoulder surgery might have impacted his workout.

#76-from NYG-Ben Tate-RB-Auburn- 5'11"  220



Inside: At his best as a downhill runner. Thick build with good musculature throughout. Attacks the line of scrimmage and takes what the defense gives him. Lowers his shoulder and will take on the defender in the hole. Good toughness to run through arm tackles and get to and through the second level and into the open field. Keeps his eyes up and has enough lateral agility and acceleration to take advantage of cut-back lanes. Good balance, but is not special in this area. Protects the ball with both hands in traffic, but has had some issues with fumbles over his career. Good short-yardage who runs with competitive fire and seems to have a legitimate nose for the end zone.

Outside: Only adequate speed to beat NFL linebackers to the edge or to pull away in the open field. Flashes a quick lateral burst and shifty shoulders to fake out the defender, but has only moderate overall agility and acceleration to elude.

Breaking tackles: Arguably his best skill. Though a bit upright in the open field, he squares his shoulders and runs with good pad level when in traffic, presenting little other than shoulders and thigh pads for defenders to target. Keeps his legs churning after contact and will spin through tackles to generate extra yardage. Runs with good forward lean, almost always falling forward for extra yardage.

Blocking: Thick built with the strength and effort to remain on the field in pass protection. Became a more reliable pass blocker as a senior, showing improved awareness and consistency in squaring to the defender and providing a consistent pop. Remains too inconsistent as a cut-blocker, lunging and missing too often.

Receiving: Experienced receiver out of the backfield. Often lines up wide in this offense, but is typically used on screens and simple dump-off routes as a senior. Looks natural extending to pluck the ball out of the air.

Intangibles: Tough runner who seems to enjoy the physical aspects of the game. Has enjoyed success in a variety of offenses, leading the team in rushing yards each of the past three seasons. Voted MVP by his teammates after his senior season. Doesn't lack for confidence

#80-John Jerry, OG- Mississippi- 6'6"  328



 Jerry began his college career at guard, which is where some scouts feel he might settle in as a pro. He is the brother of Atlanta Falcons 2009 first-round pick Peria Jerry, a defensive tackle. John earned second-team all-Southeastern Conference accolades in 2008 and first-team honors last season. He started 46 games, including 12 at right guard as a freshman, nine at right guard in 2007, 13 at right tackle as a junior and eight at right tackle before shifting to right guard for the last four contests as a senior. He blocked for a 1,000-yard rusher in the 2006, 2007 and 2009 seasons. In the last two years, he allowed six sacks and eight quarterback pressures.

#114-Mardy Gilyard-WR-Cincinnati- 6'0"  187 



Release: Doesn't always explode off the line because he is a long strider (and sometimes he wants to lull a defender to sleep). When challenged in press, he seems to find another gear after making a hesitation move to freeze the corner. Larger corners who are solid in their technique can knock him off his route; should be most effective in the slot at the next level.

Hands: Inconsistent hands, short-arming quick screens when hearing footsteps on one play then making a highlight-reel grab while flying through the air on the next. Tracks the ball over his shoulder. Will snatch the ball away from his frame and fully extend to bring in wide throws. Excellent body control whether running down the seam or tapping his feet before going out of bounds. Inconsistent adjusting to high or low throws. Lacks the strength to hold onto catches after a big hit, and has ball security issues on kickoff and punt returns.

Route running: Rounds off too many of his routes but occasionally sticks his foot in the ground and comes back at a perfect 45-degree angle on a deep out. Uses head fakes to convince defenses he's running one route before snapping out into another. Best on seam and crossing routes where he runs free before getting the ball in his hands. Not much of a threat to go after jump balls.

After the catch: Although he lacks great timed speed, he is a very elusive runner in space. Shifty hips and superb vision allow him to avoid defenders running by or with him downfield. Much of his production comes off quick screens, where he shows great acceleration after taking in the pass. Perfect for kickoff returns because he has time to get to top speed and finds creases to fly through while on the run. Gets through some arm tackles and had good vision to find openings after first contact.

Blocking: Efforts blocking downfield when the play comes to his side, getting the angle on his man and extending his arms to maintain contact. Simply lacks the bulk and strength to sustain against larger defensive backs for long.

Intangibles: An emotional player who has worked through his troubles making to get back on the field for the Bearcats. Appreciates his stardom and continues to work hard to maintain it. Enjoys working with inner city kids, many of whom have similar backgrounds to his.

Gilyard ran 4.52 and 4.55 in the 40, had a 38 1/2-inch vertical jump, a 4.14 short shuttle and a 6.78 three-cone drill.

#183- Micah Johnson- ILB- Kentucky- 6'2"  258



Read and React: Highly aggressive run defender. Can be beaten with effective play-action. Typically diagnoses run plays, showing the burst to slice through the line and stop the back for a loss. Feels blockers coming and protects himself from cuts. Sniffs out screens and draws. Rarely out of position against the run.

Pass defense: Only marginal straight-line speed and is stiff when asked to change direction in coverage. Shows at least adequate instincts for zone, but isn't a natural in this area.

Pass rush: Good size and strength to rush the passer. Typically relies on a simple bull rush, but can get under the pads of the blocker and push him into the pocket. Times his blitzes well and shows a closing burst when the ballcarrier is near.

Run defense: A decided strength in his game. Reads the action and shows a good initial burst to slice through the gap and close to make the tackle at or near the line of scrimmage. Good size and strength to take on and shed blockers, though he needs to be more consistent. Has a tendency to play too upright and can get locked up by blockers, but has good strength to disengage when he keeps his pad level low. Flashes the strength to pull down the ballcarrier with arm tackles while engaged with blockers. At his best playing in the box, as he has only moderate speed to beat the back to the sideline. Protects his knees from the cut block by sprawling and keeping his head on a swivel.

Tackling: Typically a strong, secure tackler in tight quarters and in space. Forceful hitter who has shown the ability to force fumbles, but could do a better job of wrapping up securely, as he'll launch himself into the ballcarrier (but also the potential to miss tackles). At least moderate lateral quickness and balance to break down in space and make the reliable open-field tackle on elusive ballcarriers. Good hustle laterally and downfield to make the play.

Intangibles: Has had multiple knee injuries, including one that required arthroscopic surgery in 2007 and twice losing time in 2009 to MCL injuries. Suffered his latest MCL injury in the final moments of the loss to Clemson in the Music City Bowl. The knee injuries will require a Combine check and might keep Johnson from participating in workouts prior to the draft. Suspended in the spring of 2007 due to academics.

Injury Report:

2007: Had arthroscopic knee surgery.

2009: Suffered multiple MCL injuries.

#220- Kevin Matthews-C- Texas A&M-6'3" 298 

 He is #63



Ran the 40-yard dash on a rubber matting placed over the FieldTurf in 5.32 and 5.27 seconds, had a 29-inch vertical leap, an 8-foot, 3-inch broad jump and posted times of 4.83 seconds in the short shuttle and 7.69 seconds in the three-cone drill. He also did 32 repetitions of 225 pounds in the bench press. Those 32 bench press reps would have placed Matthews tied for ninth among offensive linemen at the combine. Where Matthews really made his mark was with an exceptional performance in the position drills. His father Bruce is a HOF Center.


Sean Weatherspoon

Charles Brown

Arrelious Benn

Akwasi Owusu-Ansah

Ben Tate

John Jerry

Mardy Gilyard

Micah Johnson

Kevin Matthews


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