The 2011 NFL Draft starts tonight, so here’s one final look at how the mocks see Denver’s pick.
At NFL.com, it’s a virtual consensus that Denver will snag Alabama defensive lineman Marcell Dareus at No. 2. The only dissenter is Mike Mayock, who sees Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller as the pick.
ESPN’s Mel Kiper agrees with Mayock, predicting Miller will go off the board at No. 2. His counterpart with the Worldwide Leader, Todd McShay, took the easy route and went with three options for the selection. He stands by his pick all along and goes with Dareus, but he says scenario two is Miller, and scenario three is a quarterback.
At CBSSports.com, it’s a similar situation to NFL.com. It’s a near consensus that Dareus will don orange and blue — at least according to Chad Reuter, Rob Rang and Pete Prisco. But Clark Judge predicts the selection will be Miller.
At FoxSports.com, a new name enters the fold. Peter Schrager thinks the Broncos will take LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson with the No. 2 overall pick. Mike O’Hara and WalterFootball.com both predict Miller, while Scout.com and Adam Caplan believe it’s Dareus. Former NFL head coach Brian Billick gets his opinion out there as well, and he goes with Dareus.
So there you have it. Click each link for more detailed explanations from the mock drafters. The draft is just a few hours away, and later this afternoon we will have a Day 1 Blog as a central location to discuss the evening’s events.
In the meantime, you can visit our Predraft Coverage page for links to the rest of the editions of “Watching the Mocks” along with combine coverage and draft position previews.
We also have a draft page, which will be updated throughout the three-day event.
-Gray Caldwell, DenverBroncos.com
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