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2013 NFL Mock Draft: Denver Broncos Select...

Remember when a second-year safety in Denver made the key play (or lack thereof) to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory?

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Didn't hear back in time from the user that had signed up for the Denver Broncos' pick, so I stepped in here to keep it moving. -barnerburner

In light of inexplicable events earlier this offseason, the top priority for the Denver Broncos should have been acquiring a bulk order of fax machines that the organization could hand out to any player they are interested in negotiating with.

Assuming that has been satisfied, their new top priority logically could be replacing Elvis Dumervil. They need someone opposite Von Miller, and Robert Ayers never actually turned into the player the Broncos thought he would when they drafted him with the 18th overall pick in 2009.

Cornelius "Tank" Carradine is a legitimate option here, but my priorities are slightly different. My priority numero uno is to ensure that the above image never happens again. If you forgot what actually happened there, here's a video (warning: NSFW language from an unimpressed Denver fan).

No Ravens to the Super Bowl if the Broncos have a decent safety that can deflect that high-hanging rainbow. At the very least, Ravens are still a longshot to tie the game with less than 30 seconds on the clock and zero timeouts remaining if the Broncos have a competent safety that does not take himself completely out of the play with an absolutely awfully timed jump-and-fall-on-his-butt, which as a bonus, also gets in the way of the corner and ensures that no one can tackle Jacoby Jones before he reaches the end zone.

With the 28th pick in the draft, the Denver Broncos select Matt Elam, S, Florida.

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Honestly, I'm not really particular about which safety to take here; I'm partially assuming that any warm body with a pulse can make a better play on that ball than Rahim Moore did.

Matt Elam seems like he could be the second best safety in the draft (after Vaccaro), so he's good enough for me. Most people seem to see John Cyprien as a strong safety, Eric Reid is usually described as a free safety, but depending on who you ask - Elam can project to either. I have no idea, so we'll just chalk that up as "position flexibility" for now. Even if Elam does not directly supplant Moore at FS, maybe someone who has been a SS can switch and do a better job (bar isn't particularly high at the moment).

Ram_india did get his pick to me of Manti Te'o for the Broncos, but later picks had already come in by then and it was too late for me to change it. It was a good write up though, and I'm still trying to figure out where/how we might make use of it.

Team Player Pos School BTSC rep
1 Star Lotulelei DT Utah [Link to pick]
2 Dion Jordan DE/OLB Oregon [Link to pick]
3 Sharrif Floyd DT Florida [Link to pick]
4 Dee Milliner CB Alabama [Link to pick]
5 Eric Fisher OT Central Michigan [Link to pick]
6 Luke Joeckel OT Texas A&M [Link to pick]
7 Lane Johnson OT Oklahoma [Link to pick]
8 Barkevious Mingo OLB LSU [Link to pick]
9 Chance Warmack OG Alabama [Link to pick]
10 Jonathan Cooper OG North Carolina [Link to pick]
11 Tavon Austin WR West Virginia [Link to pick]
12 Xavier Rhodes CB Florida State [Link to pick]
13 Ezekiel Ansah DE BYU [Link to pick]
14 Cordarrelle Patterson WR Tennessee [Link to pick]
15 Jarvis Jones OLB Georgia [Link to pick]
16 Kenny Vaccaro S Texas [Link to pick]
17 Tyler Eifert TE Notre Dame [Link to pick]
18 Sheldon Richardson DT Missouri [Link to pick]
19 Bjoern Werner DE Florida State [Link to pick]
20 D.J. Fluker OT Alabama [Link to pick]
21 Alec Ogletree LB Georgia [Link to pick]
22 Eddie Lacy RB Alabama [Link to pick]
23 Sylvester Williams DT North Carolina [Link to pick]
24 Datone Jones DE UCLA [Link to pick]
25 Geno Smith QB West Virginia [Link to pick]
26 Johnathan Hankins DT Ohio State [Link to pick]
27 Arthur Brown LB Kansas State [Link to pick]
28 Matt Elam S Florida barnerburner




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