Now that the Broncos’ season has officially ended, we know where the team will be selecting in the NFL Draft. They secured the 28th selection in the first round.
With the 28th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos select:
28. Denver Broncos – Xavier Rhodes, Cornerback, Florida State
Champ Bailey looked lost on Saturday against the Baltimore Ravens and Torrey Smith. Smith was having his way with Bailey, who looked slow and ready for the end of his career. Rhodes brings some much needed youth to the defensive backfield in Denver and some speed that they currently lack.- Josh Sanchez (FanSided)
I wouldn’t go so far to say that the Broncos need to draft a cornerback with their first selection because Bailey looked “lost.” No secondary can hold receivers if there isn’t any pressure on the quarterback.
John Fox said in his Monday afternoon press conference that Bailey will remain at corner next season. He doesn’t foresee Bailey moving to safety, let alone retiring.
Going back to Rhodes, he’s a red-shirt junior who has been projected to be a late-first-round to early-second-round pick. He had three interceptions last season, and he’s listed at 6’2″, 217 pounds.
He tied for the team-lead in interceptions (three) in 2012, giving him eight over the past three seasons. Rhodes was a fourth-year junior, redshirting in 2009 after a hand injury sidelined him for most of the season… Rhodes is one of the most physical cornerback prospects at the college level, routinely pressing at the line of scrimmage…Rhodes is still a little rough around the edges and tends to get too physical in man coverage, but the physical tools will be extremely appealing to NFL teams on draft day. – CBS Sports
Let us know what you think? Which position/player should the Broncos go after in the first round of this year’s draft?