May 12, 2014

2014 NFL Draft Review: Denver Broncos

#1 Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State

Denver Broncos
Division: AFC West | Last Season Record: 13-3

What Needed to be addressed in the Draft: The cornerback position is in good shape with Chris Harris and Aqib Talib, but they should have targeted a cornerback very early in the draft. The middle linebacker position needed to be upgraded as well. And it never hurts to add another pass rusher.

On offense, it would have been a good idea to add another running back to compete with Ronnie Hillman for the #2 running back job. Offensive line depth may have also been needed.

Individual Draft Picks:

Round 1

31. (31) Bradley Roby*, CB
Experience: Junior (RS) | School: Ohio State
Height: 5-11 | Weight: 195 lbs.

Round 2

24. (56) Cody Latimer*, WR
Experience: Junior | School: Indiana
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 215 lbs.

Round 3

31. (95) Michael Schofield, OT
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: Michigan
Height: 6-6 | Weight: 305 lbs.

Round 5

16. (156) Lamin Barrow, MLB
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: Louisiana State
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 237 lbs.

Round 6

31. (207) Matthew Paradis, C
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: Boise State
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 306 lbs.

Round 7

27. (242) Corey Nelson, OLB
Experience: Senior | School: Oklahoma
Height: 6-0 | Weight: 231 lbs.

Two Picks of Note:

Best Value Pick:

Cody Latimer*, WR (Round 2, Pick 24)
Experience: Junior | School: Indiana
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 215 lbs.

Analysis: Cody Latimer could have heard his name called in the first round, so the Broncos may have gotten a steal in the second round. Wide receiver wasn't really a need, but the value was too good to pass up.

Most Questionable Pick:

Michael Schofield, OT (Round 3, Pick 31)
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: Michigan
Height: 6-6 | Weight: 305 lbs.

Analysis: Yes, Denver needed some depth on the offensive line, but the third round was way too early for Schofield to come off the board in my opinion. They would have been better served adding a pass rusher in round 3.

Undrafted Free Agent Signings:

Most Notable

Kapri Bibbs**., RB
Experience: Sophomore (RS) | School: Colorado State
Height: 5-11 | Weight: 208 lbs.

Analysis: This was a good pick up for Denver. Bibbs declared early as a redshirt sophomore. He's a very talented back who made a case to be a mid-round pick. He could push Ronnie Hillman for the #2 running back job.

Other Free Agent Signings

Bryn Renner, QB, North Carolina
Shaquil Barrett, OLB, Colorado State
Bennie Fowler, WR, Michigan State
Isaiah Burse, WR, Fresno State
Greg Hardin, WR, North Dakota State
Mister Cobble, DT, Kentucky
Juwan Thompson, RB, Duke
Brennan Clay, RB, Oklahoma
Kenny Anunike, DE, Duke
Steven Clark, P, Auburn
Greg Latta ,DE, Purdue
Aslam Sterling, OT, Kansas
Jordan Sullen, CB, Tulane
Louis Young, CB, Georgia Tech

Draft Review:

Analysis: Denver needed to draft a cornerback early, and they did. Heading into the 2013 season, Bradley Roby was the consensus top cornerback eligible for the draft, and a potential top 10 pick. However, he was burned all game long by Jared Abbrederis in their match up versus Wisconsin. He needs to be more consistent, but he may be the most talented defensive back in the entire draft.

And while Cody Latimer didn't necessarily fill a need, he was a pick well spent late in round two. Even though they added Emmanuel Sanders this off-season, it wouldn't surprise me if Latimer is the "number 3" receiver by the end of the year.

The rest of their draft wasn't quite as impressive. They reached for a backup tackle in the third round (Michael Schofield), and I'm not a fan of their sixth round pick (center Matthew Paradis was likely an UDFA).

But, they did nail their 5th round pick with Lamin Barrow, who should get a shot to compete for the starting middle linebacker job. And I liked the addition of Corey Nelson.

The Verdict: While Bradley Roby was a slight reach, I think he was a solid pick for Denver in the first round, while Cody Latimer could be the best player from this class. However, the Broncos didn't get the best value out of their next four picks, and it's a little disappointing that they didn't add a running back or a defensive linemen. But, coming away with two first round talents and another potential starter deserves a passing grade.

Overall Grade: C-