1st Round, 31st pick: Robert Nkemdiche
The Broncos must address the loss of Malik Jackson and upgrading the defensive line position. Antonio Smith is also a free agent, which means the Broncos will look to front seven to continue to build that strong defensive line. Broncos have Sylvester Williams, Vance Walker and Darius Kilgo in that rotation at the defensive line, but it will be a place of need come draft day, Apr. 28.
Robert Nkemdiche is a top-15 talent, but with off-field concerns, such as his DUI on Mar. 4, he just might fall to the Broncos slot at 31. Those who question if this is a risky move, I give you two names to remember: Bradley Roby and Shane Ray. Nkemdiche is a gifted defensive line playmaker that could give a much-needed boost to that position. Much like Malik Jackson, Nkemdiche compares favorably to Seattle Seahawks’ Michael Bennett. Nkemdiche shows flashes of Ndamukong Suh at times with great, lower body fluidity, but at times plays too fast and out of control. He will need to work on his gap-integrity, but with one of most well-regarded defensive line coaches in the business, Bill Kollar, Nkemdiche might reach his full potential as quick as a hiccup.
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