Denver Broncos mock draft: A’Shawn Robinson falling to 31?


2016 NFL Draft: Cameron Wolfe, a beat writer for the Denver Broncos of the Denver Post, put together a first round mock draft with A’Shawn Robinson falling to pick no. 31…

What will the Denver Broncos do in the 2016 NFL Draft? If the board falls as Denver Post beat writer Cameron Wolfe thinks it will, the Broncos will be getting a big time playmaker for their defensive line…

“32. Broncos — A’Shawn Robinson, DE, Alabama

The depth of this defensive line draft class allows teams focus on other needs. Denver gets a top-15 talent falling into its lap. Top needs: QB, DE, ILB”

As I’ve said before, I love the idea of adding an Alabama defender. Robinson is a big, athletic player that can be used at both the DE and NT positions in Wade Phillips’ defense, and would address what I believe to be the Broncos’ most pressing need outside of quarterback.

The departure of Malik Jackson to the Jacksonville Jaguars stings a little bit, and while adding Jared Crick certainly helps the Broncos’ depth, they need to be looking toward the future with Sylvester Williams’ contract coming up in a year or two and all of the other short-term contracts signed on the defensive line.

Derek Wolfe is locked up, as he should be, but losing Jackson is tough. Adding A’Shawn Robinson would ease the sting a little bit, at least for me. I also love the idea of the Broncos adding a player like Robert Nkemdiche, who is one of the most athletic 300 pound men you will ever see on a football field. In my opinion, he has the potential to be dominant, but he’s an off-field concern.

Robinson has been compared to John Henderson, who was one of the nastiest players I can remember (when he was with the Jaguars). The Broncos could certainly do worse…