2009 NFL Pre-Draft Analysis - Denver Broncos

By Matt McGuire

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Denver Broncos (Last Year: 8-8)

Coming into the 2009 offseason, everyone anticipated that as always, the Dallas Cowboys would be the talk of the spring. What will Jerry Jones do with T.O.? Will Wade Phillips be canned? Will Tony Romo ever step up?

No one ever thought Denver would be the epicenter of drama in the NFL. Josh McDaniels comes into town and is 15 minutes too late on a trade that would send Matt Cassel to Denver and Jay Cutler to Tampa. We are feeling the after effects of this busted deal, and no matter whose side you are on, Denver has given us much to talk about.

The defense is still in shambles to an extent and the 2009 NFL Draft is huge for the development of that side of the football for the Broncos. On to their draft range at No. 12 overall:

Tyson Jackson: I really do not think Jackson gets past Denver because defensive end in their 3-4 defense, otherwise known as 5-technique, is the biggest need on this team. Marcus Thomas and Darrell Reid are not household names, and Jackson would bring a presence to this defensive line.

Knowshon Moreno: The Broncos do not have a starting running back. They have six backups in Ryan Torain, Selvin Young, Correll Buckhalter, J.J. Arrington, Andre Hall and LaMont Jordan.

Pass-rushing outside linebacker: The move to the 3-4 defense could get Elvis Dumervil a 14-19 sack season - he could seriously thrive in Mike Nolan�s scheme. However, there is a hole opposite him. Jarvis Moss has never stepped up, though the move to the 3-4 is thought to hide his weakness against the run in the 4-3. Outside linebacker will a tough transition for Tim Crowder.

Therefore, the Broncos might go here at No. 12. The favorites at this pick would be Everette Brown andAaron Maybin. A darkhorse is Northern Illinois product Larry English, so do not be shocked if his name is called at this pick.

Now we know whom Denver will be targeting at No. 12, we need to examine what else they could do in the 2009 NFL Draft.

Nose tackle is somewhat of a need on this defense. They signed Ronald Fields, but they might be looking for more talent here. Ron Brace in the second round would be a great pick if he is on the board. In the mid rounds, Sen�Derrick Marks and Chris Baker provide good value. Sammie Lee Hill, Terrance Taylor and Myron Pryor are good options in the fifth to seventh rounds.

If the Broncos do not select Tyson Jackson at No. 12, Fili Moala, Evander Hood and Jarron Gilbert provide great value in the second or third rounds at 5-technique.

Knowshon Moreno is an attractive option in the first round, but if they decide to pass, Donald Brown and LeSean McCoy are good second-round picks. Javon Ringer could be chosen later on in the third or fourth rounds.

Connor Barwin is a great fit at 3-4 outside linebacker and will come off the board at some point in the late first or second rounds.

Brandon Marshall could be suspended for as many as eight games by Roger Goodell. The front office might feel like Marshall is not reliable and be targeting a receiver after the first round. Juaquin Iglesias, Brian Robiskie, Mike Wallace and Brandon Gibson all fit McDaniels' spread offense and could be adequate replacements for Marshall early in their careers.

We will see if Jay Cutler is still a Bronco when all is said and done; I certainly do not anticipate a trade and I do not feel like Denver will ever receive adequate value in return for arguably the best quarterback from the 2005 to 2008 NFL Drafts. The 2009 NFL Draft is huge for this team if it wants to win the AFC West in 2009.

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Matt McGuire's 2009 NFL Pre-Draft Analysis Archive:

2009 NFL Pre-Draft Analysis: Detroit Lions
2009 NFL Pre-Draft Analysis: St. Louis Rams
2009 NFL Pre-Draft Analysis: Kansas City Chiefs
2009 NFL Pre-Draft Analysis: Seattle Seahawks
2009 NFL Pre-Draft Analysis: Cleveland Browns
2009 NFL Pre-Draft Analysis: Cincinnati Bengals
2009 NFL Pre-Draft Analysis: Oakland Raiders
2009 NFL Pre-Draft Analysis: Jacksonville Jaguars
2009 NFL Pre-Draft Analysis: Green Bay Packers
2009 NFL Pre-Draft Analysis: San Francisco 49ers
2009 NFL Pre-Draft Analysis: Buffalo Bills
2009 NFL Pre-Draft Analysis: Denver Broncos
2009 NFL Pre-Draft Analysis: Washington Redskins
2009 NFL Pre-Draft Analysis: New Orleans Saints
2009 NFL Pre-Draft Analysis: Houston Texans
2009 NFL Pre-Draft Analysis: San Diego Chargers
2009 NFL Pre-Draft Analysis: New York Jets
2009 NFL Pre-Draft Analysis: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2009 NFL Pre-Draft Analysis: Dallas Cowboys
2009 NFL Pre-Draft Analysis: Philadelphia Eagles
2009 NFL Pre-Draft Analysis: Minnesota Vikings
2009 NFL Pre-Draft Analysis: New England Patriots
2009 NFL Pre-Draft Analysis: Atlanta Falcons
2009 NFL Pre-Draft Analysis: Miami Dolphins
2009 NFL Pre-Draft Analysis: Baltimore Ravens
2009 NFL Pre-Draft Analysis: Indianapolis Colts
2009 NFL Pre-Draft Analysis: Carolina Panthers
2009 NFL Pre-Draft Analysis: Tennessee Titans

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