It’s hard to believe, but the NFL Draft is less than a month away. That’s why plenty of sites are doing team previews of the draft.
Most recently, 100 Yards and Running at TheScore.com wanted PO’s take on the Denver Broncos’ draft. Vinny Salaz took the wheel on this one, and he answered five pressing questions that surround this year’s draft for the team.
1. Even if we assume that the Broncos replace Dumervil with one of the remaining veteran defensive ends left on the market (most likely Dwight Freeney), some more youth rushing the passer is a likely focus in the first round. If that’s the direction Denver takes, is there a pass rusher you prefer?
The more I see of Margus Hunt, the more I like this kid. He’s an absolute freak in terms of his size and athleticism. His downside is that he lacks experience playing DE and could take some time to develop into an all-star pass rusher. The foundation is definitely there, and assuming we pick up Freeney, he would have some fantastic talent to learn from.
2. There’s also the interior of the defensive line, with providing depth beyond Kevin Vickerson and Terrance Knighton a need. The likes of Jesse Williams, Datone Jones, and Johnathan Hankins will likely be on the board near the end of the first round. Who’s the best fit?
Of the DT’s listed I’ve got to say that I like Johnathan Hankins. I agree with Jack Del Rio when it comes to big DTs. I want a big body in the middle that can stop the run. Listed at 320 pounds and with a little bit of room to grow, Hankins would fit well in the middle.
He’s strong, and I think JDR can keep his effort level up. He fits well into the Broncos’ scheme, and with the excellent pass rush around him he could become an excellent player. I worry about his stamina, but with the proper physical training he could be a monster.
Go ahead and continue reading to find out when Vinny thinks the Broncos will target a cornerback, what the team should do at running back, and the one player that the team needs to get in order to make the 2013 draft a success.