The Denver Broncos are 10-2 and headed straight for the playoffs at this point. However, it’s never too early to start talking about the draft.
Even inside the Dove Valley doors, they’re preparing for the draft. There’s a reason why the team employs college scouts to travel the country and watch the best collegiate players in the country.
Fansided.com will be doing a first round mock draft every week from here on out. If the 2014 NFL draft were today, the Broncos would be picking in the 31st spot.
Josh Sanchez of Fansided selected A.J. Johnson, linebacker out of Tennessee for the Broncos.
While Wesley Woodyard has been a serviceable inside linebacker for the Broncos, an upgrade wouldn’t hurt and Johnson would certainly give the team a boost. Pairing Johnson up with Danny Trevathon would give the team an exciting duo in the middle of their defense for years to come. – Josh Sanchez (Fansided)
It’s hard to take a guy in the first round whose defensive coach at Tennessee argues that the underclassman could use another year of development at the college level.
When on the field, Johnson is very productive. He led the SEC in tackles (138) in 2012 as a sophomore. In 2013, he put up 106 tackles.
It’s been said that Johnson has a hard time against faster running backs, particularly on pitch plays.
The 6’2″, 243-pound linebacker must make his decision very soon.
The Broncos could use more depth at linebacker, but Johnson doesn’t seem like the right fit at this time.