The draft is upon us. As there is every year, there has been plenty of talk about what will happen. It is fun to wonder what will happen. It is fun to consider the many scenarios that could unfold for every team.
I always try to keep two main things in mind when trying to guess what any given team might do.
1 – NO ONE KNOWS WHAT WILL HAPPEN UNTIL IT HAPPENS. I know, no kidding. But with so many people offering their opinions, one can easily think that any one of them actually knows what will transpire.
The fact is, we don’t know. We can analyze the needs a team has. We can offer some educated guesses about what might happen. But to paraphrase Yogi Berra, we don’t know until we know. I like it that way.
2 – WE CAN’T REALLY TRUST WHAT FRONT OFFICE PERSONNEL OR COACHES SAY LEADING UP TO THE DRAFT. If we need a current example, Browns’ President Mike Holmgren offered one last week. Again to paraphrase, Holmgren said he says things before the draft to suit the purposes he has. What he says may or may not be true.
That’s part of the chess game the draft is and it is another factor that makes the whole event so interesting to me.
3 – EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED. It always seems to happen. In recent years, we have seen the Broncos position themselves to draft Jay Cutler. Last year, they took Knowshon Moreno twelfth overall when few people thought they would draft a running back that high. Whatever you think the script is, get ready to see it be something completely different.
Last Friday (April 16), Broncos’ head coach Josh McDaniels made some interesting comments on a number of topics, but I’m not sure exactly what to believe.
The Broncos have the 11th selection in the first round. Coach McDaniels said, as of Friday, the team has not talked to any teams about moving up in the draft.
“We’ll be flexible and we’ll listen but the odds would be in favor of us going backwards probably because the most opportunity lies there.”
That leads me to how I think the first round will go for the Broncos.
1 – IF THEY CAN, THE BRONCOS WILL TRADE DOWN AND TAKE FLORIDA CENTER MAURKICE POUNCEY IN THE FIRST ROUND. According to many people who evaluate prospects, Pouncey has the ability to start in his first year. The Broncos have a glaring need at the center position and Pouncey would fill it.
The tempting situation for the Broncos would be if Alabama linebacker Rolando McClain is available when they pick eleventh, assuming the Broncos haven’t moved up already. If McClain is there, I could see the Broncos taking him. He, too, would fill a need for a playmaker on defense.
2 – THE BRONCOS WILL NOT TAKE OKLAHOMA STATE WR DEZ BRYANT IN THE FIRST ROUND. Coach McDaniels spoke glowingly about Bryant last week but taking a wide receiver in the first round doesn’t add up to me. Yes, the Broncos need to upgrade this position. But this seems to be a position of depth in this draft and the Broncos have two second round picks.
Thankfully, it is about time to stop talking and starting picking. I know many of you have shared your thoughts on what you think the Broncos will do in the draft. Keep the comments coming.
Thanks for reading,