Denver Broncos 7-round mock draft 1.0

Sayre Bedinger
Oct 3, 2015; Gainesville, FL, USA; Mississippi Rebels defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche (5) looks on prior to the game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 3, 2015; Gainesville, FL, USA; Mississippi Rebels defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche (5) looks on prior to the game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jan 11, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide running back Kenyan Drake (17) runs for touchdown on a kick off during the fourth quarter against the Clemson Tigers in the 2016 CFP National Championship at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 11, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide running back Kenyan Drake (17) runs for touchdown on a kick off during the fourth quarter against the Clemson Tigers in the 2016 CFP National Championship at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports /

3. Kenyan Drake, RB, Alabama

The Broncos re-signed C.J. Anderson this offseason, but the running back position will not be ignored in the draft, nor do I think John Elway is going to wait until day three to take one, necessarily. He very well could, but this year’s draft has a lot of fun backs, and when a run on these backs starts, there could be none left for the Broncos to pick from.

Therefore, I’m going to go WAY out on a limb here and say the Broncos pick up ‘the other guy’ from Alabama, Kenyan Drake, who didn’t win a Heisman trophy like his pal Derrick Henry, but he reminds me of a faster Arian Foster with his size, running style, and ability to catch the football and make plays on third down.

One of the most explosive backs in the draft, Drake has battled injuries in his college career, and of course being the backup to Derrick Henry contribute to his 3rd-4th round grade. He’s a stud when healthy.

Jan 30, 2016; Mobile, AL, USA; South squad quarterback Dak Prescott of Mississippi State (15) throws a pass during warmups before the start of the Senior Bowl at Ladd-Pebbles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 30, 2016; Mobile, AL, USA; South squad quarterback Dak Prescott of Mississippi State (15) throws a pass during warmups before the start of the Senior Bowl at Ladd-Pebbles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports /

4. Dak Prescott, QB, Mississippi State

I’m not going to project a trade for Colin Kaepernick, so the pick of Dak Prescott will have to do. This would cement Mark Sanchez as the Broncos’ starting QB for 2016, but would give them plenty of options in 2017 when they can again explore trades, free agency, and the draft.

Prescott has a DUI on his record, but on the field he’s considered one of the best leaders in college football. Early on in his college career, he was compared to Tim Tebow. As the years went on, his game developed, Prescott evolved, and he became a much better passer than people expected.

The Broncos had Prescott to Denver for a visit so they could get to know him, but his skill set fits this offense very well. He would excel on the run, and getting plays outside the pocket. He would need a year to acclimate himself to the NFL, but the Broncos feel they can afford that with Sanchez and Trevor Siemian on board.

Next: 4th round

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