Rd. 1, Pk. 30
Anthony Zettel, DE/DT/3-4DE, Penn State
The Broncos have a nice pair of starting defensive ends in Derek Wolfe and Malik Jackson, but both will be free agents after the 2015 season. It'll be difficult to retain both.
Rd. 2, Pk. 29
O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama
Owen Daniels has been a failure thus far - save for his inexplicable performance at Indianapolis - prompting John Elway to trade for Vernon Davis. The problem is, Davis hasn't played well for two years now. The Broncos could use a better tight end to properly replace Julius Thomas.
Rd. 3, Pk. 30
Max Tuerk, C, USC
Denver's offensive line hasn't blocked well at all this season. John Elway will need to find Peyton Manning (or Brock Osweiler?) better blocking next offseason.
The Broncos could use an enforcer in the middle of their defense, plus Ragland is a good value right here.
For the year, Ragland has 82 tackles with 5.5 for a loss, two pass breakups, 2.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. His man coverage on tight ends like Arkansas' Hunter Henry and Ole Miss' Evan Engram has been very impressive. That, in combination with Ragland's pass rush as a defensive end, has illustrated his three-down starting potential for the NFL. In 2014, Ragland notched 95 tackles, 10.5 for a loss, three passes broken up, one interception, one forced fumble and 1.5 sacks. The 6-foot-2, 254-pounder is a big, physical in-the-box defender.
Pick change; previously A'Shawn Robinson, DT
Rd. 2, Pk. 27
Germain Ifedi, OT, Texas A&M
The Broncos could use a lot of help on their offensive line. Here's a potential upgrade at guard or tackle.
Ifedi (6-5, 325) has been a steady right tackle for the Aggies and is an athletic blocker with quickness. Ifedi has more strength and nastiness to him than other recent Aggies line prospects like Luke Joeckel, Jake Matthews and Cedric Ogbuehi. Some scouts think that Ifedi would be better off at guard in the NFL.
Rd. 3, Pk. 28
Evan Engram, TE, Ole Miss
The Broncos traded for Vernon Davis, but could use a young receiving tight end for their offense.
Engram has had a slow start to the season with only 25 receptions for 267 yards and a touchdown. In his first two years, he was excellent for Ole Miss, though 2014 was an even better season for Engram than his freshman year. He caught 38 passes for 662 yards with two touchdowns in 2014. Engram was a dangerous receiving threat who carved up Alabama, Auburn and Mississippi State that season. As a true freshman, he caught 21 passes for 268 yards with three touchdowns.
The 6-foot-3, 217-pounder needs to add weight for the next level and get better as a blocker.
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.