In his latest conference call covering a variety of topics on the 2013 NFL Draft, ESPN analyst Mel Kiper, Jr. specifically discussed how he sees the Broncos’ draft unfolding.
Kiper currently has Houston cornerback D.J. Hayden, headed to Denver in the first round.
Below is his full answer on why he sees Hayden, who underwent emergency heart surgery in November, as a logical pick for the Broncos. He also touches on why Texas A&M defensive end Damontre Moore could fit in Denver and whether the team could take a running back in later rounds.
“Hayden has a great story to have come back from the life-threatening situation, to get himself back in the late first round discussion. Good cover guy, not a great tackler, not great support, but a real good cover guy, and in this league, that’s what you need.
“Certainly you look Damontre Moore — great production, great athlete, great intensity. Just only did 12 (bench press) reps at the combine. Only ran a 4.95. Never saw that when he played. Saw a kid who produced. Looked like a top-10 pick. But if you could get him in the late second, that’s a good choice.
“You could look at (North Carolina RB) Giovani Bernard in the third, you can look at Johnathan Franklin from UCLA in the third, Mike Gillislee from Florida in the fourth or fifth, Le’Veon Bell from Michigan State in the fourth or fifth. Christine Michael from Texas A&M. Same thing with Knile Davis from Arkansas, Miguel Maysonet from Stony Brook. There are a lot of backs in this draft.
“There’s going to be some steals and some great finds in the late rounds, Joseph Randle at Oklahoma State, Montel Harris at Temple, Jawan Jamison at Rutgers, Kerwynn Williams at Utah State, George Winn at Cincinnati. There are a lot of backs that are going to be evaluated.
“I can guarantee you there’s going to be some fifth-, sixth-, seventh-round backs and some undrafted free agent backs that make a team and contribute. Happens every year.”