With plenty of question marks on the defensive depth chart, ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. has had a decidedly defensive look for the Denver Broncos as he went through his first two mock drafts this year.
In the first, done in mid-January, Kiper had the Broncos using the No. 31 pick on Oregon State defensive end Scott Crichton, a high-effort, 4-3 edge player. The 6-foot-2, 273-pound Crichton came out as a junior after a 7.5-sack season in 2013 with 19 tackles for loss.
Crichton did have shoulder surgery following the 2012 season.
In his February mock, Kiper kept the Broncos on the defensive side of the ball with Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby. Roby, at 5-11, 194 pounds, ran a 4.39 40-yard dash at the NFL scouting combine and is one of the best pure athletes at the position on the board.
Roby, despite some concerns about his effort at times, is gaining momentum, especially after the athleticism he showed at the Buckeyes’ pro day last week.
As for his Mock Draft 3.0, Kiper has again pointed the Broncos toward a position of need on defense. Take a look for yourself and see what you think.