Posted April 18, 2014

Denver Broncos Mock Draft Tracker

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Denver Broncos 2014 NFL mock draft tracker: Kyle Van Noy

Kyle Van Noy, BYU (Lee Coleman/Icon SMI)

What will the Denver Broncos do in the 2014 NFL draft? Keep track of all the predictions made in our mock drafts leading up to Round 1 on May 8.

April 17, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 7.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 31: Xavier Su’a-Filo, G, UCLA

We said: Su’a-Filo has worked his way into the top-20 conversation, so it would be serendipitous for Denver to stand at 31 and still land him. That’s exactly what happens here, as the teams above all turn their attention to other areas of the field. Su’a-Filo would join Louis Vasquez as the starting guards on a clear Super Bowl favorite.

April 10, 2014  2014 NFL Mock Draft 3.0 (Don Banks)

Round 1, pick 31: Xavier Su’a-Filo, G, UCLA

We said: The Broncos offensive line got exposed by Seattle’s defensive front in the Super Bowl. All the great work Denver has done this offseason to get locked and loaded and chase a ring again would go to waste if Peyton Manning didn’t have time, or the good health, to work the pass pocket. Su’a-Filo is ready to start from Day 1, and he’s versatile enough to play at either guard or tackle. Stanford’s David Yankey is the other top-rated interior offensive lineman of which to keep track.

April 1, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 3.0 (Doug Farrar)

Round 1, pick 31: David Yankey, OG, Stanford

We said: Losing guard Zane Beadles to the Jaguars in free agency might be a problem for the AFC champs. While it’s true that Peyton Manning makes his lines better with his quick release and expert decision-making, it’s also true that Beadles gave up just one sack last season in 1,449 snaps, which is pretty ridiculous, no matter who your quarterback is. Yankey would be a good fit in Denver because he has the athleticism to play left tackle (which he did for the Cardinal in 2012), and the strength to maul defensive tackles inside.

March 25, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 6.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 31: Xavier Su’a-Filo, G, UCLA

We said: Say hello to Zane Beadles’ younger, cheaper replacement. By signing DeMarcus Ware, T.J. Ward and Aqib Talib to bolster the defense, John Elway left himself in position to hone in on one or two areas of specific need in Round 1. The OG spot without question belongs at the top of the list, and there is not a better prospect there than Su’a-Filo.

March 18, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 2.0 (Don Banks)

Round 1, pick 31: Xavier Su’a-Filo, G, UCLA

We said: With the defense getting waves of reinforcements in free agency — see T.J. Ward, DeMarcus Ware and Aqib Talib — and the Eric Decker vacancy filled by receiver Emmanuel Sanders, the most glaring deficiency that remains in Denver is along the offensive line, which didn’t have its finest hour during the Super Bowl disaster in the Meadowlands. Stanford’s David Yankey and UCLA’s Su’a-Filo are the top-rated guards in the draft, but based on upside and athleticism, we’re going with the fast-rising former Bruin.

March 5, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 2.0 (Doug Farrar)

Round 1, pick 31: Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State.

We said: The addition of Terrance “Pot Roast” Knighton was huge for the Broncos in 2013 — literally and figuratively. And it was impressive that Denver made the Super Bowl with several defensive starters affected by various injuries. Of course, that has a lot to do with Peyton Manning, but if Manning can’t repeat his historic season in 2014, more will be expected of the defense. Jernigan would be a great addition, providing pressure ability inside and strength against the run.

Feb. 26, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 5.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 31: Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State

We said: Just on how the board happened to fall, the Broncos land a top-20 talent at No. 31 overall. Jernigan stands only 6-2 and a little south of 300 pounds, leaving him shy of an ideal nose tackle build. He still could play there, if needed, or kick out a little wider into the three-technique hole.

“When you’ve got a guy that can play multiple positions and understand how to play multiple positions and has the ability to learn different schemes,” Jernigan said, “I feel like it can make any team better no matter what scheme it is.”

Round 2, pick 63: Dominique Easley, DT, Florida

We said: A swing-for-the-fences type of selection for Denver, which could use more depth up front and might score the draft’s best DT should Easley get all the way back from a knee injury.

Feb. 19, 2014  – 2014 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 (Don Banks)

Round 1, pick 31: Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State

We said: The Broncos could use a boost in their edge rush capability, with Auburn defensive end Dee Ford looking like a late-round fit. But the secondary in Denver is even more of a pressing need, and there’s still plenty of talent to choose from at cornerback. Roby’s game had some holes last season, but he’s got the speed and fluid stride that teams are always willing to take a chance on, and he’s big and physical enough to handle press coverage.

Feb. 6, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 (Doug Farrar)

Round 1, pick 31: Kyle Van Noy, OLB, BYU

We said: The Broncos got to the Super Bowl despite losing their entire projected front four, which is a tribute to defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio. But without Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil, Denver’s defense failed to bring heat at a consistent level. Van Noy has been a standout for a long time not because of his speed, but because of his sound technique and understanding of the requirements of his position.

Jan. 9, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 4.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 31: Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State

We said: Shazier could be a very productive OLB in a 4-3. He also could really outproduce his expectations as an inside guy in a 3-4, with the occasional shot at rushing the passer. That second scenario should be music to the Broncos’ ears, as they prepare to possibly lose Wesley Woodyard to free agency. Shazier would be a more-than-capable replacement.

Dec. 5, 2013 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 3.1 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 31: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

We said: With Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Champ Bailey and Quentin Jammer in the CB rotation, the Broncos could stand to get younger there. There is not much of a gap, if any, between the four CBs already taken and Gilbert. He’s a well-built corner who does not hesitate to fly up in run support.

Sept. 24, 2013 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 2.0 (Chris Burke) 

Round 1, pick 21: Adrian Hubbard, LB, Alabama

We said: Another member of the loaded Alabama defense, Hubbard could help take some heat off Von Miller at linebacker, or he could bulk up to 265 or so and give Denver a little help as a pass-rushing end.

April 30, 2013 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 31: HaHa Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama

We said: Alabama’s track record of producing defensive backs won’t hurt “Ha Ha” next year. He stepped into a starting role in 2012 and picked off five passes, while showing the ability to play center field or shift down into the box or over slot receivers.


The safety position has been a problem area for this team for years.  If Clinton-Dix actually lasts this long, and I have my doubts, he should be the pick.  The other best option would be if a great pass rusher somehow managed to slip to them.  I can't see that happening, though, as those types of players are snapped up early.