The official round-by-round order of the 2012 NFL Draft has been set, and the Broncos have seven selections.
Round 1, Pick 25 (25th overall)
Round 2, Pick 25 (57th overall)
Round 3, Pick 25 (87th overall)
Round 4, Pick 13 (108th overall) — From New York Jets
Round 4, Pick 25 (120th overall)
Round 5, Pick 2 (137th overall) — From St. Louis Rams
Round 6, Pick 18 (188th overall) — From New York Jets
The two picks from the Jets came in a trade for quarterback Tim Tebow and a seventh-round selection. The extra selection from St. Louis came in exchange for wide receiver Brandon Lloyd.
The Broncos have taken a player with the 25th overall selection twice before — Tebow in 2010 and quarterback Tommy Maddox in 1992.
Other notable 25th selections include cornerbacks Vontae Davis (2009) and Mike Jenkins (2008), linebacker Jon Beason (2007), wide receiver Santonio Holmes (2006), defensive linemen Chris Hovan (2000) and Ted Washington (1991) and safety Donovin Darius (1998).
Last season, the Broncos had the No. 2 overall selection, but General Manager Brian Xanders said there’s not much difference between a high pick and one in the 20s.
“In terms of the 25th pick, I don’t think it’s any different than the second pick because you have to have a thorough analysis and evaluation of everybody in all columns, across the board — from quarterback, offensive line, receiver, running back, tight end, all across the board,” Xanders said from the Broncos’ suite at the NFL Scouting Combine. “Then be ready for anything that could happen – a guy that falls out of the top 20 and you go up and get him, or be patient and stay, or you get the calls to trade down and be ready for that. It happened last year we were at the top of the second, we got a trade to move down eight spots and pick up a fourth and a fifth that we really needed. We moved down and it worked out.
“You never know what phone calls you’ll get,” he continued. “You’ve got to be prepared for everything.”
The first round of the 2012 NFL Draft kicks off in primetime on Thursday, April 26. The second and third rounds will be held on Friday, April 27, with rounds four through seven concluding on Saturday, April 28.
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