Next up is OT Jake Fisher. You won't see him listed in the first round in too many mocks, but he's one of my favorite players in this draft. I think that we might look back 4 years from now and see that Jake Fisher was the best tackle of the bunch. The former high school tight end was converted to tackle his freshman season at Oregon. He spent his first 3 years playing right tackle, and was moved to the left side for his senior year. Fisher has the frame to add 10-15 more pounds for the pro game, but his strength was run blocking in his time at Oregon. He plays with a high motor and nasty disposition. His athletic ability is unquestioned.
Fisher blew up the combine. He measured 6'6 306, with an 82 inch wingspan. The 20 yard short shuttle is probably the best predictor of future success for offensive lineman. Jake had the 3rd best 20 yard short shuttle time for an offensive lineman in the last 15 years. He had the best 3 cone time among all offensive lineman, he tied for the 2nd best 10 yard split, had a 32.5 inch vertical jump, and posted the 2nd fastest 40 time. Keep in mind, this is all at 306. Fisher played his senior season at 299. I'd love to see this kid in Kubiak's zone blocking scheme.
How important was he to his offensive line? In the 13 games in which he played, the Ducks allowed 19 sacks. In the 2 games he missed, they allowed 12. His offensive line coach compares him to his former teammate who he also coached, Kyle Long. Long was drafted 2 years ago by the Bears and has made the pro bowl both seasons.
"Jake emulates Kyle in a lot of ways, especially when it comes
The 2015 NFL Scouting Combine has wrapped up, and the Denver Broncos are getting a clearer picture of what their draft board will look like. They will be looking for college stars from big programs who could be solid picks early in the draft.
The Broncos will also be looking for under-the-radar prospects who came from small schools or had limited playing time during their college careers.
Denver has a proven track record of finding gems each year as late-round picks or undrafted free agents. Cornerback Chris Harris became a star for the Broncos—and one of the best cornerbacks in the game today—and he was an undrafted free agent out of Kansas in 2011.
Next up is TE Max Williams. Williams is the #1 rated tight end in the draft. The Gophers lined him up all over the field. He was used in the backfield as a lead blocker, came across the set in motion, and lined up off tackle, in the slot and outside. Even though he played in a poor passing offense, Williams led all college tight ends with 9 catches of over 25 yards in 2014. His numbers won't wow you, but that's more reflective of the offense he played in than his talent. 82% of his catches were either for a first down or a touchdown. Williams isn't a speed burner by any means, but he's a solid all around tight end. He's a decent, willing blocker. It's his hands that set him apart from other tight ends. He attacks the ball in the air and catches everything with his hands. He doesn't let the ball into his body. Williams makes highlight grabs, and fights for every yard once it's secured.
Kubiak loves his tight ends, and the Broncos desperately need a guy who can contribute immediately. Williams would be an instant starter with JT leaving, and gives Denver a guy that can stay on the field on every down. This is another prospect that will probably be available at 28, but definitely won't be there in the 2nd.
OK, it's down time between now and free agency, so I'm starting my own series here just to kill time and get some discussions going. I'm going to profile some prospects who have a decent shot at being available at 28, and make the case for drafting them.
First up is Cameron Erving. He's the most talented lineman in the draft that can play any position on the offensive line. Erving played defensive tackle his freshman season. After an injury he was red-shirted for the season. He had 13 tackles at that position in 2011. In 2012, he converted to offensive line and played left tackle for the next 2 seasons. He was a 2nd team AP All-American and first team ACC at that position in 2013. In November of 2014 he was moved to center. In his 6 starts at center he only gave up 2 QB hits and did not allow any sacks. Erving did quite a bit of zone blocking at Florida State. He can play any position along the line, but center looks like his best fit in the NFL. He's still learning the position but played quite well there when called upon.
One of the big reasons that most NFL centers play that position because they have short arms and are limited to the inside. Erving has elite size for a center. He's 6'4 1/2, 313 pounds with long (34 1/8") arms and huge (10 3/8") hands. He showed off his agility at the combine with the 3rd best 3 cone drill among all offensive lineman.
Erving is a very talented, versatile lineman that fills an immediate need for the Broncos. He definitely won't be there in the 2nd, and there's a chance that he won't be there at 28. If he's sitting on the board when the Broncos pick, I think Elway takes a long hard look at drafting him. He's already stated that he's going to fix the line in the offseason. I don't know what will happen in free agency. I'm still lobbying for Wiz, but if Elway... [Read More]
This is a rumor but everyone is saying he got the tag at 13 mill. I am glad he is going to be here another year but I was preferring a long term deal for him. Maybe he did get a LTC and not the tag. I don't know...
INDIANAPOLIS — There is no way to know until at least after free agency which position the Broncos will select with their No. 28 overall pick in the NFL Draft on April 30.
If the Broncos sign, say, Houston Texans right tackle Derek Newton, then the team is less likely to use their first-round draft pick on a tackle.
What is known is the Broncos do have right tackle and tight end high on their list of offseason priorities. At the NFL scouting combine here this week, the Broncos did formally visit with offensive tackle Ty Sambrailo of Colorado State, Utah’s Jeremiah Poutasi and LSU’s La’el Collins.
The Underwear Olympics are going on right now, so I thought I'd just start one thread where we could put rumors, results, and thoughts on the prospects here.
This draft is loaded with offensive lineman in the first 2 rounds. Considering the fact that the Broncos are desperate for line help, I've been watching them closely. La'el Collins has firmly vaulted himself into the first round with his showing at the senior bowl and combine. I'm fairly certain he's now out of Denver's reach.
Cameron Erving is the wildcard Olineman in the first round. He showed in college that he can play any position along the line and play it well. He looked good in the drills today and turned in a good 40 time. I still haven't figured out where he goes in the first. I'd love to see him drop to 28. I don't think Elway passes up on a stud lineman that can play guard, tackle, and center.
Maxx Williams is the consensus #1 tight end in the draft, but that doesn't mean he goes in the first. He ran a fairly pedestrian 4.78 40. While he looked great catching the ball, he didn't show the agility or speed to lose defenders at the next level. I think he goes in the 2nd. Jesse James is closing the gap between them. His 6'7 frame is drawing some unfair comparisons to Rob Gronkowski.
OT Ereck Flowers has chosen to represent himself and not hire an agent. Gutsy move. If I'm a GM and I have 2 guys rated the same, I take the one with no agent.