Most would agree that the Denver Broncos should take a defensive tackle with their first pick (25th overall) in the 2012 draft. After all, Brodrick Bunkley signed with the New Orleans Saints this offseason and Ryan McBean was released on Monday. Ty Warren will be back after missing all of last season with a torn right triceps, but he’s up there in age. That leaves Kevin Vickerson and newly signed defensive tackle Justin Bannan. If there was ever a glaring hole on the line, it’s now.
So what if the Broncos don’t select a tackle with their first pick? Who would they take instead? Sayre Bedinger over at With the First Pick has done a seven round mock draft specifically for the Broncos. He has the team picking wide receiver Stephen Hill out of Georgia Tech.
This might seem wild, but every day, I’m liking the Broncos to take a wide receiver more and more in the first round. There’s really no telling who will be available for this pick, and it could easily wind up being a defensive tackle or cornerback, but I’m intrigued by putting some serious talent around Peyton Manning. The Broncos have a small window to win championships with #18 at the helm, so they need to give him all the help he can get. Stephen Hill is a very talented young player with excellent size and athletic ability, and he could provide the Broncos with the best young trio of receivers in the NFL with Demaryius Thomas (another former Yellow Jacket) and Eric Decker, both high selections in the 2010 NFL draft. – Sayre Bedinger (With the First Pick)
You can see the rest of Sayre’s picks right here.
What do you think? It’s a move that would go against conventional wisdom, but surrounding Manning with enough talent is key for this offense to really take off.