Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama.
Playing the role of GM for Denver, 'NYG_Slater' understands completely that -- at least for this mock draft -- he has just broken the hearts of New York Giants fans.
Sorry, fellow Giant fans, please take McClain off your boards. Now, let me try and explain why he won’t slip past Denver in the 2010 NFL Draft.
To begin, let’s go through what positions the Broncos could address with the firstir-round pick:
- They have a hole in their interior offensive line due to the release of Wiegmann (C) and Hochstein’s (G) injury late last season.
- They could look for a replacement (or complement) for Brandon Marshall.
- They could look for help to fix a defensive front seven that collapsed at the end of the year.
- They could try and get younger in the secondary (all 4 of their starting DBs are over 30).
- Lastly, by releasing Andra Davis they have a big vacancy at ILB.
To address their interior line, Denver will take a hard look at Mike Iupati (G) and Maurkice Pouncey (G/C). However, both are reaches at No. 11. Furthermore, Pouncey might be available in Round 2 and other alternatives like Ducasse (G) and Asamoah (G) will be available. Essentially, there is enough OL depth in this year's class to provide Denver with a quality prospect(s) after Round 1.
As for drafting a WR, Dez Bryant is the only practical choice, but he’s off the board. Even if he was available, Denver has had private workouts with WR Mardy Gilyard and Dexter McCluster, and I believe they may look to draft a WR in rounds 3-5.
I also think Denver will avoid drafting a defensive lineman at No. 11 since they have signed: DT Justin Bannan, DE Jarvis Green and NT Jamal Williams in free agency.
As for fresh legs for the secondary, the only players deserving of the 11th pick were Berry and Haden. Since both are off the board, the pick is obvious.
Denver will take McClain and never look back. He is the perfect marriage between need and value for Denver. He is also, without a doubt, the best linebacker in the draft and has a skill set best utilized in a 3-4 at ILB. He has all the physical attributes you’d look for, and has all the intangibles you’d want in your defensive captain. Additionally, he fills the big vacancy left by the (surprising) release of Andra Davis, and gives Don Martindale (their new DC and former LB coach) an elite ILB to build around.
My take: I hate you 'Slater.' I hate you, I hate you, I hate you. I think everyone here hates you, too. You are BANNED!! Geez, my job is hard enough around here and now you actually are forcing me to WORK to figure out who to pick for the Giants at 15. Did I mention I hate you, and you're banned? I'm just kidding. About the banning part, anyway.
This, incidentally, is a terrific pick for the Broncos and there is a very realistic chance that this is the move Denver will actually make in the real draft this April.
And I still hate you, 'Slater.'
Remember, to read explanations for earlier picks, please click the highlighted player names in the table below.
'Sunlion333' is up next with the Miami Dolphins selection.
|1||St. Louis||Sam Bradford||QB||Oklahoma||Soldier_
|3||Tampa Bay||Gerald McCoy||DT||Oklahoma||i_formation27|
|4||Washington||Russell Okung||OT||Oklahoma State||G Fan in England
|5||Kansas City||Eric Berry||S||Tennessee||ronjohnson|
|6||Seattle||Jimmy Clausen||QB||Notre Dame||CCE718|
|7||Cleveland||Dez Bryant||WR||Oklahoma State||GreatGatsby|
|9||Buffalo||Dan Williams||DT||Tennessee||The Greek|
|15||N.Y. Giants||Ed Valentine|
|22||New England||Ryan Valentine|
|23||Green Bay||Dan Luibil|