The 2013 NFL Draft is less than a week away, and what better time to debut the complete, 7-round mock draft for the Denver Broncos? The Broncos will focus mainly on the defensive side of the football but begin with upgrading their running attack.
First Round (No. 28 overall): Eddie Lacey, RB, Alabama
With the size (5'11, 231lbs) and speed (4.51-40) to make an immediate impact, Lacey will be able to step right in and carry some of the burden that Willis McGahee has shouldered in previous seasons. When the Broncos needed that one extra yard when it mattered most, Ronnie Hillman simply couldn't cut the mustard. This workhorse out of Bama will.
Second Round (No. 58 overall): Kawaan Short, DT, Purdue
Short has the power and physical tools to help a porous Denver run defense, while being able to put constant pressure on the quarterback all by himself. His athletic ability allows him to out-quick and out-maneuver most NFL offensive linemen, and to add him to the mix with free agent DT's Kevin Vickerson and Terrance Knighton, the loss of Elvis Dumervil will be all but a distant memory.
Third Round (No. 90 overall): Kiko Alonso, MLB, Oregon
Alonso possesses the unique ability to play both inside and outside linebacker, and in Eugene he had a great senior season. His feet are extremely quick, and has a high-powered motor to make plays all over the field. Alonso has the skill set to blitz the gap as well as being fast enough to drop back into pass coverage to stay with running backs and tight ends. His off-field issues have dropped his stock, so replacing D.J. Williams in this round, is a relative steal for Denver.
Fourth Round (No. 125 overall): Josh Evans, S, Florida
At the pro level, Evans projects to be a strong safety in the making, as he has both the size and big-hit capability to remind some of the Smiling Assassin, Steve Atwater. Evans adds much needed depth to Denver's secondary that was exposed multiple times during the playoff loss to Baltimore. Add in the off-field issues of safety Quinton Carter, and Evans could find himself with considerable playing time in 2013.
Fifth Round (No. 161 overall): Will Davis, CB, Utah State
If rawness and lack of football experience is a downside, then that's about all you can about Davis. He has the uncanny ability to make big plays, and isn't afraid to get physical with opposing wideouts. Champ Bailey isn't getting any younger, and Davis should be able to step in and compete on athletic ability alone. A naturally gifted athlete, he has what scouts have called a “great frame” for the position. As he matures and adds size and learns the position better, Davis could be the best player in this draft for the Broncos.
Seventh Round (No. 234 overall): Corey Fuller, WR, Virginia Tech
A pure burner in every sense of the word, he would join an already explosive receiving core in Denver. His natural instincts and body control allows for him to get separation from defenders, and his ability to hit the home run has never been in doubt. If Fuller can learn from the likes of Welker, Thomas, and Decker, the Broncos could have the most athletic group of receivers in the league.