Time to start tossing out some names that I am keeping an eye on for the 2011 draft. Our biggest needs in the 2010 draft were OLine depth as well as WR help. I doubt either really get addressed in 2011 as we took 2 WRs and 3 OL. Now need to get younger/bigger on the DLine and ILB and younger in the secondary. Luckily, this draft is full of ILB and 3-4 DE prospects. You never know who all will declare, but here are some seniors, and a few juniors, who I think would look real good in Denver. (1st round desires in bold)
QB...Not even worth mentioning due to the addition of Tebow and Orton's extension.
RB...In what is expected to be a down year for RBs, Mark Ingram is CLEARLY #1 if he comes out. I think we're in good shape to wait until 2012 for depth at this position. The current list of college sophomore RBs is incredible.
WR...Another spot I'm pretty sure we avoid in 2011, although it could be a great class if juniors declare. From Julio Jones and AJ Green to Jonathan Baldwin and Michael Floyd, there are plenty of legit studs here. With Thomas, Royal and Decker, we have youth. Lloyd and Gaffney give vet leadership. That said, I am intrigued by:
Jerrel Jernigan, WR, Troy...5'9" 190...4.32 40YD
OL...Again, I think we go other directions. I won't be surprised if we draft NO olinemen in 2011.
NT...Now we're at the spot that needs addressed. Adding Jamal Williams is a short term fix. We need a young stud who will be here a while. Problem is, NTs are gonna be limited this year. DTs are loaded, but few have the necessary girth.
Jerrell Powe, DT, Mississippi...6'2" 340
Kendrick Ellis, DT, Hampton...6'5" 340
Phil Taylor, DT, Baylor...6'4 330
DE...I wanted Tyson Jackson in 2009 and he has a clone in Cam Heyward. This is one draft where we can land a stud 3-4 DE even if Heyward goes too early. We WILL get one. I'd like to see us get 2.
Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa...6'4" 285
Cameron Heyward, DE, Ohio State...6'5" 288
Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama...6'4" 306
Allen Bailey, DE, Miami (FL)...6'4" 285
Marvin Austin, DT, North Carolina...6'3" 310
Pernell McPhee, DE, Mississippi State...6'4" 285
Cameron Jordan, DE, California...6'4" 283
OLB...Another position where I believe our depth is good. If we sign Elvis, I like what we have as a whole. Prospects this year seem limited.
Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M...6'3" 243
Dontay Moch, OLB, Nevada...6'1" 245
ILB...Some GREAT candidates here. If the Bama junior declares, he may be the next big thing. We're talking Ray Ray/Pat Willis big. I really think we need a destructive force and he would be my #1 choice for our 1st round pick in 2011.
Dont'a Hightower, MLB, Alabama...6'4" 260
Scott Lutrus, MLB, UConn...6'3" 245
Mike Mohamed, ILB, California...6'3" 245
CB...Interesting spot here. We drafted a couple in 2010, but they were late picks...who appear to be showing very well. So what do you do? Our starters are old, but there are some great prospects.
Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU...6'1" 222
Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska...6'1" 205
Ras-I Dowling, CB, Virginia...6'2" 200
S...Again, aging Safeties in Denver, but we have recent draft picks playing minutes. Not our biggest need and prospects are quite limited.
Rahim Moore, S, UCLA...6'1" 196
Deunta Williams, S, North Carolina...6'2" 215
DeAndre McDaniel, S, Clemson...6'1" 215