The big day is less than a day away!
With the Broncos holding the highest pick in team history, a lot is riding on John Elway, Brian Xanders, and John Fox. If Josh McDaniels were still head coach, I wouldn’t be surprised if the team selected quarterbacks Cam Newton or Blaine Gabbert (if available).
However, times have changed. The heads of the organization know that defense is the way to the top, and since the Broncos ranked dead last in defense giving up 29.4 points per game and 390.8 yards per game, expect the No. 2 draft pick overall to come from the defensive side of the ball.
So who do the Denver Broncos pick? This is somewhat akin to picking the million dollar lottery numbers after getting a glimpse at the winning ticket. Do the Broncos take the best player available or do they tailor their pick to the area that they need help in the most?
The Broncos ranked 31st in rush defense and 25th is pass defense. Help in any and all areas is greatly needed.
Does the team go with cornerback Patrick Peterson who is considered by many to be the best player in the draft? The team already has a shutdown corner in Champ Bailey, and Perrish Cox and Andre Goodman are viable starters for most teams in this league. Do the Broncos go with defensive lineman Marcell Dareus who won the defensive MVP award in 2010′s BCS Championship Game? Do they go with outside linebacker Von Miller out of Texas A&M who in his senior year recorded 68 tackles and 10.5 sacks in 13 games. What about defensive end Robert Quinn or defensive tackle Nick Fairley?
If the options seem limitless it’s because they are.
I’m going to throw this question out to Broncos’ fans. What should the team do with the No. 2 selection?