It’s known as Christmas in April. The NFL draft is the biggest thing since the Super Bowl, the impetus for change for many teams, and the stepping stone for yet another pigskin season set to kick off officially in September.
PO is live from New York covering the 2012 NFL draft. I walked by Radio City Music Hall last night and fans were already camped out waiting to get into the venue. There were a few Broncos jerseys, but many more Browns jerseys (read: “Hey, this is the year we turn it around!”).
The Broncos pick at No. 25 tonight which should be around 8:00 p.m. MST.
“Because of where we’re picking and you don’t know how the board will fall, we won’t know who we’re picking until an hour before our pick. Not an hour before the draft, an hour before we pick.” – John Elway (Denver Post)
Day one of the draft covers just the first round.
Many believe (including myself) that the Broncos should and will take a defensive tackle with their first pick. Here’s a quick breakdown of some favorites.
Michael Brockers – LSU – 6’6,” 322 lbs., 40 time – 5.36
Touted as the best DT in the draft, Brockers will likely go well before the Broncos are up to pick. He’s strong and explosive, and uses leverage well. The downside is he occasionally loses track of the ball.
Fletcher Cox – Mississippi State – 6’4,” 298 lbs., 40 time – 4.79
He’s very good at locating the ball and making the drag-down tackle. Also has good lateral agility. His pass rushing technique still needs work.
Devon Still – Penn State – 6’5,” 303 lbs., 40 time – 5.08
Fast off the snap and has great vision to take down backs running through the tackles. Strong, but needs work knocking back opponents with his hands.
Jerel Worthy – Michigan State – 6’2,” 308 lbs., 40 time – 5.08
Quick hands and feet makes Worthy a guy who is constantly in quarterbacks’ hair. Not a lot of sacks and number of tackles is average, but makes a difference off the stat sheet.
Keep it dialed in here all day as we bring you draft day coverage and welcome the newest Denver Bronco, whomever that may be.