It’s draft time! We’ve had our experts tell you who will be drafted where, but now it’s time for you to throw on your GM cap and decide for yourself. Each day we will present an argument for each player and why the respective team should pick him. Then, it’s up to you. You make the pick. The next day, we will compile the results and you can see who is off the board. Disagree with all of the options? Be sure to write in your pick below in the comments section. OK, let’s get into it. The Denver Broncos are on the clock.
If we learned anything from free agency, it’s that Broncos EVP of operations John Elway is all in on returning to the Super Bowl. With quarterback Peyton Manning’s career entering its final years, the team wants to maximize its potential in the short term. That means adding players that will produce immediately opposed to prospects who need time to develop.
While the Broncos allowed Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to walk and released Champ Bailey, they signed cornerbacks Aqib Talib and safety TJ Ward. They still would like to bolster their secondary as Chris Harris and Tony Carter are the only other cornerbacks on the roster with a ton of game experience. The defense will also get much better with the returns of Von Miller, Derek Wolfe and Kevin Vickerson.
The Broncos added Emmanuel Sanders to replace Eric Decker, but could always use another weapon for Manning. So, who will the Broncos select No. 31 overall?
The 5-foot-11, 194-pound cornerback is an athletic freak and displayed his straight-line speed in Indianapolis. Roby has great size and looks the part, but has been knocked for his inconsistent play and off-the-field troubles.
Ohio State LB Ryan Shazier
Enter Shazier, who was a very productive player during his time in Columbus, including being a Butkus Award finalist in 2013 after leading the Big Ten in tackles and tackles for loss. The Broncos could use Shazier at inside linebacker, where Jamar Chaney is currently slated to play.
Indiana WR Cody Latimer
Latimer would give the Broncos another threat on the outside. Latimer has very good size and reliable hands. While he was sidelined during the draft process with a foot injury, he’s been one of many draft analysts’ favorite players.
Missouri DE Kony Ealy
The 6-foot-4, 273-pound defensive end has a long frame with room to add bulk. His blend of size and speed is rare and he was productive in the SEC, starting all 14 games and filling the stat sheet on a weekly basis.
Boise State DE Demarcus Lawrence
Lawrence has been one of the hottest rising prospects in the past month. Several teams have brought Lawrence in for a visit. The 6-foot-3, 251-pound defensive end is very athletic, but some may consider this a reach.