Rd. 1, Pk. 24
Scooby Wright III, 3-4OLB/OLB, Arizona
Many thought the Broncos would add inside linebacker help early in the 2015 NFL Draft, but they didn't. Wade Phillips is going to need more help in the middle of his 3-4.
Wright has recorded eight tackles in 2015, but has been in and out of the lineup. In the season opener, he suffered a knee injury - a lateral meniscus tear -that he underwent surgery for. Wright came back after missing only two games, but he clearly rushed back and wasn't the same. Wright sprained his foot in his first game back - a loss to UCLA - and will be out a few weeks.
Wright took college football by storm in 2014. The 6-foot-1, 246-pounder was a pass-rushing force for the Wildcats and one of the top defenders in the Pac-12. He had 14 sacks with 163 tackles, 29 tackles for a loss and six forced fumbles for the year. Wright is an instinctive linebacker and was all over the field for Arizona. In 2013, he notched 83 tackles with 9.5 for a loss and an interception.
Rd. 2, Pk. 24
Anthony Zettel, DT/3-4DE, Penn State
The Broncos could use a young five-technique. Vance Walker and Antonio Smith aren't long-term starters.
After four games, Zettel has 19 tackles with five for a loss. The 6-foot-4, 277-pounder is undersized for defensive tackle in the NFL, but he is a quick interior rusher for Penn State.
For the next level, Zettel will have to move to the defensive end in a 4-3 defense, and he could move inside on passing situations from there. Zettel also has the frame to warrant consideration as a five-technique in a 3-4 defense.
In 2014, Zettel showed that he has interior pass-rushing skills by racking up eight sacks. He also notched 42 tackles with 17 tackles for a loss. Zettel had four sacks per year as a sophomore and a freshman.
Yes I like Austin Hooper better than all the other tight ends, but that doesn't mean Hunter Henry is a slouch. He's a solid blocker who can create mismatches as a receiver. The Broncos didn't adequately replace Julius Thomas, and Henry will do just that, although maybe not to the degree of success that Thomas has the past 2 years.