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  • The Broncos Country Vote Mock Draft V.6.0
    by Just_JoRo on January 23, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    Who would you take in Elway’s shoes? | Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports Who should the Broncos pick if they make a big trade down? With the Senior Bowl week underway, the next big item on the NFL Draft calendar is already the Combine. Which means it’s a great time to take another stab at a vote mock. For this scenario, I thought it’d be fun to really dial up the chaos. For the first time in the Vote Mocks we’re adding in trades. Some are likelier than others, but this far from the Bellagio, it’s all a giant guess at a scenario anyways, right? Let’s get into it. 1. Cincinnati Bengals - QB, Joe Burrow, LSU If you really want to maximize your time over the next couple of months, just scroll past any article that tries to suggest this pick will be anyone else. Joe Burrow is open to get drafted wherever. pic.twitter.com/3ufcLl3Jkq— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) January 18, 2020 T2. Detroit Lions - ED, Chase Young, OSU Remember 2017? Ryan Pace was a genius because he panic traded with John Lynch to move the Chicago Bears up one slot. In this scenario Bob Quinn is the frightened brilliant man who goes up to get his “can’t miss” player. What could go wrong? Chase Young had 16.5 sacks and 21 TFLs in 12 games in 2019. He also forced 7 fumbles. Most absurd part? He’s only 20. Will turn 21 two weeks before the NFL Draft. pic.twitter.com/EmU9ObACLE— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) January 19, 2020 T3. Miami Dolphins - QB, Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama How unlikely is it that Washington swindles two teams? I’ll probably never do it again, but this was too fun to pass up. In terms of a move up it’s actually within the realm of possibility that the Phish will do a trade to ensure they get the apple of their eye. So long as Tua passes his medical tests in Indianapolis, I wouldn’t hate this move for them. The best play I’ve seen Tua Tagovailoa make comes after a 16-yard sack to open OT vs one of the best defenses in the country in the National Championship Game.He had ice water in his veins as a 19yr old true freshman. Until someone says he can’t play again QB1! [Audio] pic.twitter.com/uotRRgsaKF— Ray G (@RayGQue) January 21, 2020 T4. Indianapolis Colts - QB, Justin Herbert, Oregon Dave Gettleman’s never traded down in the draft during his time as an NFL GM, so this probably won’t happen. I was still tempted to save Herbert from an empty stadium for eight games a year and really like what Frank Reich could do for his career. Beyond that, the Duck strikes me as someone who’s stock will only rise in T-shirt and short season so this won’t look like as big a reach in April as it may right now. Justin Herbert hits Austin Mack deep. #SeniorBowl pic.twitter.com/ttGqphQEkO— Austin Silvey (@SilveyESP) January 21, 2020 T5. Washington - WR, Jerry Jeudy, Alabama If Ron Rivera wants to give Dwayne Haskins a legitimate chance at success, he’s going to need to surround him with a competent supporting cast. Dan Snyder is also a huge fan of selling hype in the offseason, and nothing screams excitement quite like a shiny new toy for his quarterback to throw to. Enter Jeudy, who is fighting for WR1 in this class. Jerry Jeudy is something else man pic.twitter.com/g7qbZFP1bg— Footballism™ (@FootbaIIism) January 8, 2020 T6. Cleveland Browns - OT, Jedrick Wills, Alabama L.A. moves down after losing out on its last best chance to sell tickets, while Cleveland hopes Arizona and Carolina get their OT1. Depending on who you ask, you might find:- Andrew Thomas-Tristan Wirfs- Jedrick Wills- Mekhi BectonAs answers to the question, "Who is OT1 in the 2020 NFL Draft?" https://t.co/nZaPrewqdV— Sayre Bedinger (@SayreBedinger) January 22, 2020 7. Carolina Panthers - CB, Jeffrey Okudah, OSU Joke is on Cleveland, Matt Rhule wanted a defender all along. Okudah gives him a lockdown player to pair with the newly re-signed James Bradberry and pushes Donte Jackson down a spot on the depth chart. Jeff Okudah in 2018 & 2019610 Coverage snaps1 TD allowed pic.twitter.com/DI2XPGGCkX— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) January 17, 2020 8. Arizona Cardinals - OT, Tristan Wirfs, Iowa Kyler Murray has the potential to be the next second year starting quarterback to set the league on fire. The only problem is half of Kliff Kingsbury’s roster is a joke. Enter Wirfs, who can pair with D.J. Humphries to create a decent pair of bookends. Watch the RT delivery the DE to his OL coach on the sideline Tristan Wirfs can escort you right off the damn field! Wow. @MoveTheSticks can’t wait to dive into this kid! #2020NFLDraft pic.twitter.com/rYEWbt5dZT— Ben Fennell (@BenFennell_NFL) January 15, 2020 T9. New York Giants - OT, Andrew Thomas, Georgia Gettleman can’t sit on his hands when Thomas slides, as that’s the player he wanted at 4. According to @MoveTheSticks, some teams view Georgia's Andrew Thomas as a guard.Jeremiah believes he can hold up at tackle if he improves his balance issues. #GiantsPride #NFLDrafthttps://t.co/k4KMhVsM8M pic.twitter.com/Jo0CKRalzB— WBG84 (@WBG84) January 23, 2020 T.10. Los Angeles Chargers - X, Isaiah Simmons, LSU Tom Telesco can’t believe his luck when the hybrid weapon is left on the board. Pairing him with Derwin James with Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram rushing the passer gives Gus Bradley so much talent even he can’t screw it up. Isaiah Simmons by alignment for Clemson in 2019:* Safety: 218 snaps* Slot CB: 286 snaps* OLB: 160 snaps* ILB/MLB: 120 snaps* Perimeter CB: 17 snapsHe rushed the passer 71 times and had *7* sacks.The most versatile player in the 2020 NFL Draft.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) January 18, 2020 11. New York Jets - WR, Henry Ruggs III, Alabama After Ruggs runs a 4.19 40-yard dash, he becomes the top player on Adam Gase’s board. He’s smarter than you, you know. What stands out more is how badly JT Ibe got ABUSED by Henry Ruggs. https://t.co/hu7lhWWUMl— The Spurs Up Show (@TheSpursUpShow) January 22, 2020 12. Las Vegas Raiders - WR, CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma Jon Gruden is bummed Mike Mayock didn’t trade above Adam Gase, leading to a rift that turns into a “mutual parting of ways” halfway through 2020. After a wedding made for Hard Knocks, the hangover is real. Draft night is filled with puns about Carr’s inability to hit Lamb. Joel Klatt ranks CeeDee Lamb as his 7th-best NFL Draft prospect for 2020."CeeDee Lamb is an absolute monster and I can see him having a huge NFL career in his future."➡️ https://t.co/MHx2YyA4H5#OUDNA | #BoomerSooner pic.twitter.com/MVNGOnb4Ks— Sooner Gridiron (@soonergridiron) January 18, 2020 T13. Atlanta Falcons - DL, Derrick Brown, Auburn One GM on the hot seat hooks up another, with Thomas Dimitroff moving up to pair Grady Jarrett with another war daddy. Prospects of Derrick Brown’s stature (6-4, 325) hardly ever contain both the athleticism and power that he’s shown during his career. pic.twitter.com/y6nVMkGYUr— Jordan Reid (@JReidNFL) January 2, 2020 14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - DL, Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina Bruce Arians tells the media after the draft that he had Kinlaw above Derrick Brown. OL vs DL drills. John Simpson, Clemson vs Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina pic.twitter.com/vaXyvGl4xj— Matt Valdovinos (@MVScouting) January 21, 2020 T15. New England Patriots - QB, Jordan Love, Utah State Would you do a deal with the Devil? Bill Belichick falls for Love at the Senior Bowl, pretending to listen to Nick Saban ramble on upon the evils of Twitter all while gathering intel from his former protege’s staff on the North QB. Nick Saban and Bill Belichick watching the Senior Bowl together. pic.twitter.com/e0KYwX31Dj— Alex Kozora (@Alex_Kozora) January 22, 2020 T16. Jacksonville Jaguars - CB, Kristian Fulton, LSU He’s no Jalen Ramsey, but Fulton is a supremely athletic corner who will adjust to the NFL during Doug Marrone’s lameduck season and flourish under his next coach. #NFLDraft2020Kristian Fulton (CB) - #LSUKF puts together back to back impressive seasons. Fulton matched-up against many of America’s top WR’s with consistent Success weekly.Source: Fulton is battled tested against the Elites. Mid to Late 1st Rd Pk.pic.twitter.com/VFgHnr4glt— Josh Lemoine (@LSUTruth) January 21, 2020 17. Dallas Cowboys - S, Xavier McKinney, Alabama Mocks are currently giving Dallas the wrong safety. Grant Delpit is a fine prospect, but the Cowboys already have a decent centerfielder in Xavier Woods. What Jerry Jones made clear when he tried to add Jamal Adams at the trade deadline in 2019 is that he’d like to add a versatile strong safety. McKinney can be just that, or slide down to the nickel to fill in for the departed Anthony Brown. Xavier McKinneypic.twitter.com/4Aqekfv4Px— Chris Mallee (@mallee_chris_24) January 17, 2020 18. Miami Dolphins - DL/ED, A.J. Epenesa, Iowa Brian Flores comes from New England where the Patriots made serious havoc with Trey Flowers playing a power end/interior rusher role. The 6-foot-6, 280 pound Hawkeye offers traits that suggest he too could grow into that kind of player. First draft vid, here we go! AJ Epenesa, EDGE from Iowa vs. Minnesota++ Elite double swipe move, great frame & reach.+ Separation and ability to lock his hands, good pursuit in the run game. Above average get off-If his first move doesn’t work, has a hard time disengaging. pic.twitter.com/m1fcJMAyEU— Justin Penik (@JustinPenik) January 15, 2020 19. Las Vegas Raiders - S, Grant Delpit, LSU Remember when everyone lauded Mayock for signing Lamarcus Joyner from the Rams last year? He was mostly bad last season, and there’s a huge hole on the backend after the Raiders cut him before free agency. Grant Delpit made 10 tackles and didn’t miss a single one throughout the conference championship and playoffs.He came through when it mattered most. pic.twitter.com/f9xHSGdPWD— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) January 15, 2020 T20. Green Bay Packers - WR, Tee Higgins, Clemson Brian Gutekunst outbids Mickey Loomis to go up and get the 6’4 Higgins to pair with his established star receiver. Aaron Rodgers spends the offseason thinking about new excuses for why he’s not elite anymore. Don't leave your rookie drafts without Tee Higginspic.twitter.com/8a6PgapXId— Steven Michael (@DFF_Steven) January 17, 2020 21. Philadelphia Eagles - CB, C.J. Henderson, Florida Every time I talked to my brother when his Iggles were playing, he talked about canning the entire defensive backfield. Henderson should fit right in. Okuda is stud but why can’t there be two lock down CBs in one draft? CJ Henderson might be a top 10 corner year 1 pic.twitter.com/MV2bgrrOWd— Chris Mallee (@mallee_chris_24) January 22, 2020 22. Buffalo Bills - WR, Laviska Shenault Jr., Colorado On day one Shenault can take over for Isaiah McKenzie to receive the manufactured touches in the Brian Daboll offense. Down the road, his versatile skillset could pair nicely with Josh Allen as a bigger target who can also serve as a pitchman. Heck, he also played some snaps at Wildcat quarterback in Boulder so he may just take his job. Laviska Shenault - Colorado WRPro: Shenault may be the most explosive offensive player in this draft class, at any position. In the wildcat, catching screens, forty yards down the field, just get the ball in his hands.Con: He’s only appeared in 27 games in 3 years pic.twitter.com/MEoxmySRsN— FF_Kyle (@DynastyFF_KyleM) January 20, 2020 23. Vote for who you would draft in this scenario Broncos Country!

  • Free agent profile: Running back Melvin Gordon
    by Scotty Payne on January 23, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images Could the former Charger turn in the powder blues for the orange and blue? The Denver Broncos rushing attack behind the lightning bolt we call Phillip Lindsay has been lacking. We all had high hope for the former third-round pick, running back, Royce Freeman, but he has been disappointing. He has only averaged 3.9 yards per carry through three seasons and has never lived up to the expectations we all had for him. I think an upgrade there is needed and would help the offense take that next step. A player who I think can help the Broncos offense take that next step is running back, Melvin Gordon. Melvin Gordon means business tonight (via @thecheckdown) pic.twitter.com/Mo0fN9mNXJ— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) November 8, 2019 A one-two punch in Phillip Lindsay and Melvin Gordon would give the Broncos one of the better rushing attacks in the league and take some of the pressure off quarterback Drew Lock. Keep in mind, Lock only has 5 starts under his belt so expecting him to carry the entire offense on his shoulders right away is a bit naive in my opinion. A strong rushing attack would give Lock and the Broncos just that. Player profile Height: 6’1” Weight: 215 pounds Age: 26 years old Experience: 5 seasons Melvin Gordon played his college ball at Wisconsin and played a total of four seasons there for them. During his four-seasons at Wisconsin, Gordon totaled 4,915 yards rushing, 45 rushing touchdowns, and a 7.8 yards per carry. This college career by Gordon helped him become a first-round pick for the then San Diego Chargers back in the 2015 NFL Draft. Gordon has continued his successful play in the NFL as he has become one of the better running backs in the NFL during his career thus far. During his five-year career in the NFL and with the Chargers, Gordon has totaled 4,240 yards rushing and 36 rushing touchdowns. He has also hauled in 224 receptions for 1,873 yards and 11 touchdowns. Gordon was coming off a career-year in 2018 where he totaled 5.1 yards per carry and 14 total touchdowns. However, in 2019 he had a bit of a down year as he held out for the first four games of the Chargers season but still totaled 9 touchdowns in 12 games. Why it makes sense It is clear that Broncos General Manager John Elway wants the Broncos offense to improve and good enough to challenge the Kansas City Chiefs offense whom are in their division. An explosive wide receiver has been the popular mocked pick to the Broncos as of now and they already have Courtland Sutton, Noah Fant, and Phillip LIndsay on the roster. So adding a powerful and explosive back like Gordon who can also help out in the passing game would give this offense a well-rounded look. I touched on this earlier, but Royce Freeman has been a bit of a disappointment. He fills the role of the powerful complement to Lindsay but he has been very average at best for them during his first two seasons in the league. This past season for the Broncos he only averaged 3.8 yards per carry for them which isn’t very good. Running back Melvin Gordon was ranked as the 32nd best free agent available this winter according to Pro Football Focus. Nobody quite exemplifies the current understanding of running backs being dependent on their environment — at least long term — than Melvin Gordon. The Chargers star held out at the start of the 2019 season, looking for a big payday off the back of his best-graded season perhaps with the understanding that replicating that 2018 season was unlikely given the blocking in front of him. So it proved, as Gordon averaged only 3.8 yards per rush attempt, 2.5 of which came after contact, on his way to a 66.0 overall PFF grade. Gordon has shown he can be a big-time player with some help around him, but so have a lot of backs. Plus, keeping Gordon inside the AFC West against defenses he already knows and a chance to seek revenge against the Chargers twice a year is always nice too. Why it doesn’t make sense Well, I spent this article hating on Royce Freeman for only averaging 3.8 yards per carry this past year and 3.9 yards during his career, but Gordon’s numbers are not much better. He only averaged 3.8 yards per carry himself this year behind a bad Chargers offensive line and a declining Phillip Rivers. His career average sits at 4.0 yards per carry and he has only topped 4.0 yards per carry once in his career which was in 2018 when he had 5.1 yards per carry. So would we be getting the upgrade that I said we would be getting? The eye test tells me, yes but the numbers and stats tell me not really. Also, the money and contract he is seeking figures to be a bit high. He held out the first four games of the season for a reason so I doubt he’s seeking a friendly deal on the open market. From his standpoint, this is his only chance to get a big contract during his career(turns 27 soon) so I doubt he will be keen on taking much less on the open market (nor should he really) to land in a certain spot. Finally, his age and wear and tear need to be mentioned. He’ll turn 27 in April which means that dreaded 30-year-old age wall is coming soon. Plus, he has already had 1,059 touches in the NFL(not even factoring in his college workload as well) so you have to be concerned about that as well. Final Thoughts I think running back is a low-key need for the Broncos, especially with them hiring offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur to coach and scheme up this team in 2020. Now, this isn’t a knock on Phillip Lindsay who just surpassed 1,000 yards once again this past year. It’s more of a trying to improve his complement to Lindsay going forward. That compliment these past two years have been Royce Freeman but as I have stated multiple times throughout this piece, he has been a bit of a disappointment. I think Melvin Gordon would prove to be a better compliment moving forward. Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images I know the argument will be made that their similar stats really do not point to an actual improvement, and it is a valid point. However, I think Gordon is more proven and more talented back who can improve the Broncos rushing attack. He has shown he can be a weapon in the passing game which is something you need to do in a Pat Shurmur offense as a running back. He has also proven to be a solid goal-line back by totaling at least 8 rushing touchdowns these past four seasons. He also has a history of sharing reps with a smaller/more explosive back so a timeshare wouldn’t, well shouldn’t be an issue for him. The likely price tag however, is what will likely make this potential signing unlikely. Gordon held out for a reason and is looking for a nice payday. The Broncos have other needs they need to spend their money on so I doubt a back like Gordon is one they will spend that sort of money on. If the price tag is reasonable? Maybe, but I doubt it in this case. I running back will be added, especially with Devontae Booker heading to free agency. Freeman’s lack of production and Lindsay’s now two wrist surgeries should make the Broncos concerned moving forward. Will that back be Melvin Gordon? We shall see.

  • 3 players I’m sky high on right now
    by Just_JoRo on January 23, 2020 at 11:30 am

    If the Broncos are looking for an interior offensive linemen they could do a whole lot worse than Cushenberry. | Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports A long way until April, but these players look like ideal fits for the Broncos. Senior Bowl week is in full force. On Tuesday I went over the players who currently look like the most likely picks in the first round. So here are a few guys who may not be under consideration at 15 that I still really like as scheme fits for the Broncos. Jeff Gladney TCU is a school that’s easy to sleep on during the Fall. It’s a small private school in Fort Worth, Texas that tries to hang with big dogs like Oklahoma and Texas in the Big 12. It speaks to the kind of work Gary Patterson puts in that they can do just that on their best years. One of the things that routinely stands out about the Horned Frogs is their player development. Year after year there are high school players the blue bloods slept on that grow into NFL prospects. This senior cornerback is just the most recent example. Gladney has the kind of tools and aggressiveness that makes him easy to love. One thing that’s fun watching the TCU defense is how many concepts they use that would help Gladney adjust to Fangio’s system. Patterson uses plenty of match quarters, which blurs the lines between zone and man coverage. Ideally, the Broncos will as well. Beyond that fact is Gladney himself. He’s a terrific blend of athleticism and aggressiveness that makes him a joy to watch. He’s probably a hair under 6’0 and weighs a little under 190 lbs, but isn’t afraid to mix it up as a tackler on the perimeter or stopping a back. I’ve liked what I’ve seen from his ball skills and think he’d be able to step in as an early contributor as a rookie. Xavier McKinney I’ve been driving this wagon since October, and I’ve seen no reason to hop off just yet. More than once I’ve had to explain how the Alabama safety brings the kind of versatility that would allow him to contribute as a potential nickel corner early in his career before sliding back to take over for Kareem Jackson. It’s still true. McKinney brings many of the same traits people fell for when they were studying Minkah Fitzpatrick. As a way to keep up with spread offenses across the NFL, defenses have incorporated nickel personnel as the new base in recent seasons. That’s important to keep in mind as it means the third corner will play starters minutes while a third linebacker usually won’t. With some teams in the league attempting to buck this trend by moving towards back to tight ends and fullbacks, it’s even more important that the nickel is able to hold up against both the run and pass. McKinney can do just that. In games I’ve watched he’s been solid at mirroring opposing slot corners as well as contributing in run support. When he played on the third level he showed the wherewithal to stay over the top of vertical routes and come up to fill in a way that’s very reminiscent of Kareem Jackson. He’s an underrated tackler and Nick Saban didn’t hesitate to send him on a blitz in key situations. McKinney is a “sum > parts” prospect. Lloyd Cushenberry III Much like McKinney, I’ve had it bad for this Tiger for a long while now. He first caught my eye when I watched the Texas-LSU game back in September and I’ve remained infatuated ever since. He’s a two year starter at center who’s proven durable in SEC play. I really like what I’ve seen from him at the second level and think he could improve the Broncos’ running game in this regard. He also offers promising lateral mobility and could potentially play at guard if the Broncos elect to retain Conner McGovern. Cushenberry keeps his head on a swivel and has the lateral mobility to keep up with games from NFL defensive fronts. So far, Cushenberry is crushing the offseason. He’s earned rave reviews for his physique and performance in the Senior Bowl so far. I’ve considered him a Day 3 steal in The Draft Network mocks to this point, but as is the case with a couple of other LSU players, that’s looking unlikely now. Your Broncos’ Links Who makes sense for the Denver Broncos at 15? - Mile High Report The likely 2020 NFL Draft candidates before the offseason circuit really gets going for the Denver Broncos. Reagor, Ruggs... been telling you guys since December the Broncos would be looking for a speedy WR early in the draft https://t.co/UXqRdfqhc9— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) January 21, 2020 Denver Broncos OL Coach Mike Munchak is getting more with less - Mile High Report Mike Munchak has a history of getting the most of lowly drafted (fourth round or later) offensive linemen and undrafted offensive lineman. So maybe he will try to coach up Pat Morris, Austin Schlottmann and Elijah Wilkinson. Interesting change: The Broncos are not renewing the contract of Mike Sullivan, their dir. of football administration & lead negotiator. Been w/ the team for 8 years, but he's not retiring. Free agency starts in March, so I'd expect Elway to move fast to fill this role.— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) January 23, 2020 Senior Bowl Day 1 Recap: Kinlaw, Cushenberry, and KJ Hill steal the show - Mile High Report Here’s a rundown of what I saw on the first day of Senior Bowl practices. Senior Bowl 2020: Javon Kinlaw says he “would love to play for Denver” - Mile High Report The South Carolina defensive end sat down with Broncos Country Tonight and talked about the Senior Bowl experience and potential of being drafted by Denver. https://t.co/NjMZXRgW7T— Joe Rowles (@JoRo_NFL) January 21, 2020 Broncos will take their time deciding on Garett Bolles’ fifth-year option – ProFootballTalk The Broncos will make plenty of decisions in the coming months, but the one involving their 2021 option on left tackle Garett Bolles’ contract is going to be at the back of the line. What will the Denver Broncos do at backup QB & QBs coach? - Mile High Report Now that the Broncos have a new offensive coordinator, it’ll be interesting to see the direction the organization takes on both fronts. Broncos Country thoughts on Super Bowl LIV - Mile High Report Previewing this year’s Super Bowl. Super Bowl 2020: Ranking every game in NFL history from best to worst 11. XXXII (1997) Denver Broncos 31, Green Bay Packers 24: Denver QB John Elway finally got his first ring (on his fourth attempt), though MVP Terrell Davis was the day’s star (157 rushing yards, 3 TDs). The AFC also ended a 14-year losing streak to the NFC. One reason it could make sense to pass on McGovern is the talent coming out here. Promising class. https://t.co/mZj8WScvSo— Joe Rowles (@JoRo_NFL) January 21, 2020 NFL Draft Links NFL Draft Geek | NFL Mock Drafts and Rankings Senior bowl week has arrived! There are only two teams left standing in the playoffs. The deadline to declare has come and gone. What does all this mean? This means that we are truly kicking off draft season! So to celebrate this time of year here is my first 2020 Top 50 Big Board of the year. 2020 NFL Draft: PFF Top 100 Big Board Update | College Football and NFL Draft | PFF PFF Lead Draft Analyst Mike Renner has updated his top 100 big board for the 2020 NFL Draft ahead of the 2020 Senior Bowl. If you're convinced the Broncos are adding a vertical element to their receiving corps, these are the guys to keep an eye on this week. https://t.co/DWRCGxUlpn— Joe Rowles (@JoRo_NFL) January 21, 2020 2020 Senior Bowl Day 2 North Practice: Offensive Recap | The Draft Network Detroit’s practice wasn’t fast-paced or rife with content, but it did give us enough one-on-one matchups to measure these players against each other and come back with some takeaways. I focused on the North’s offensive unit and highlighted nine prospects I thought did their job and more. 2020 Senior Bowl Day 2 North Practice: Defensive Recap | The Draft Network Here are the best of the best and the standouts from Day 2’s North defense. 2020 Senior Bowl Day 1 South Practice: Offense Recap | The Draft Network The one-on-one portion of the practice is where Cushenberry shined the most. He was matched up against Javon Kinlaw and was able to stymie his hands and sink his hips in order to impede the process of the bigger Gamecock interior defender. The former LSU center passed the first day of practice with flying colors. Cushenberry stock continues to rise and it wouldn’t be surprising to see the leader of the unit that was received the Joe Moore Award (given to the nation’s best offensive line) enter the discussions as a top-40 selection. 2020 Senior Bowl Day 1 South Practice: Defensive Recap | The Draft Network A safety-linebacker hybrid, Akeem Davis-Gaither was flying all over the field in the South team drills Tuesday. His speed and range in space immediately stood out, and he quickly asserted himself as the top cover linebacker on the South squad in the one-on-one drills against tight ends and running backs. In team drills, Davis-Gaither played everything from inside linebacker to slot defender, aligned across several spots in the defense, and looked incredibly poised handling these various roles. Whether it was quickly chasing down a screen play or running vertically with TEs in man coverage, Davis-Gaither showed people the traits he displayed on tape and why he is worthy of becoming a top-100 selection. 2020 Senior Bowl Day 1 North Practice: Offensive Recap | The Draft Network Stop me if you’ve heard this before: An Ohio State wide receiver has put defensive backs in the blender with strong route-running ability. No? Not ringing any bells? It should. The Ohio State receivers are nasty in the open field — today’s North practice was no exception. K.J. Hill fought the ball at the catch point on a couple of occasions but made a nice vertical adjustment versus tight coverage up the far sideline for a big play and successfully turned defenders inside out multiple times in the one-on-ones. Hill’s performance left his former position coach beaming. 2020 Senior Bowl Day 1 North Practice: Defensive Recap | The Draft Network Josh Uche might have been one of the best players on the field for Day 1. He dominated tight ends in pass protection drills then hopped over to the offensive line/defensive line one-on-one drills and whopped on a couple of tackles as well. He beat UConn’s Matt Peart with speed to power on the right and slipped him with a hesitation outside rush on the left — and Peart didn’t lose too many other rushers for the remainder of the day. Uche was taking zone drops, covering in man and getting after the passer. He and the flashy player below did everything at a really high level — it was excellent to see. Sometimes the versatile players can get lost in the shuffle of practice notes because they don’t spend too much time at any one place; that’s not the case with Uche. He’s shining. Jones also confirmed he has met with Denver. #TheDraftStartsInMOBILE https://t.co/hI25wuqtX5— Jeffrey Essary (@JeffreyEssary) January 21, 2020 Michael Pittman Jr. Has The Juice In More Than One Way | The Draft Network ”I’m going to run faster than what a lot of people are saying about me ... I think I’m going to shock people.” Daniel Jeremiah 2020 NFL mock draft 1.0: Four QBs in top 15 - NFL.com Jeudy would give the Broncos one of the most exciting collections of young skill-position players in the league. Adding him to a group that already includes Drew Lock, Courtland Sutton, Noah Fant and Phillip Lindsay would strike fear into opposing defensive coordinators. 2020 NFL Mock Draft 2.0: Two full rounds (and a little more) ahead of Senior Bowl week – The Athletic 15. Denver Broncos — C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida The Broncos shed wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders and his expiring contract during the season, but now need that pass-catching element beyond Courtland Sutton. Waiting works with the impressive depth in the 2020 class. Therefore we consider the secondary with safety Justin Simmons and cornerback Chris Harris heading toward free agency. 46. Broncos — Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU 2020 NFL Mock Draft: Four QBs off the board after 12 picks, Colts get Jacoby Brissett downfield weapon - CBSSports.com Courtland Sutton is an emerging star who is a bona fide deep threat. Noah Fant is the dynamic tight end entering Year 2. Phillip Lindsay is the backfield playmaker, and Drew Lock is the quarterback who appears ready for the full-time job. Why not add one more weapon to this offense — the most exciting player in this draft class — Jerry Jeudy. If you're keeping up with the Draft this time of year it's impossible to ignore how there will be 50 or so first rounders when it's all said and done. pic.twitter.com/0IlaokbB6H— Joe Rowles (@JoRo_NFL) January 21, 2020 NFL Links Katie Sowers: ‘The 49ers didn’t hire me as a coach to make a point’ | Sport | The Guardian Katie Sowers has just become the first female and openly gay coach in the Super Bowl. Media Circus: How did these two men land gigs assisting Tony Romo and Jim Nantz? – The Athletic FOXBOROUGH, Mass – Tom Brewer was the man at Eastern Illinois University in 1998 when it came to the EA Sports NCAA Football game. He dominated all who dared challenge him on the PlayStation in his dorm room at Douglas Hall, which shares an entrance with Lincoln Hall as an ode to the Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas presidential debate held in Coles County, Illinois in September 1858. But there was one Eastern Illinois student who was determined to knock off the champ. Tony Romo. Dalvin Cook isn’t clamoring for a second contract, yet – ProFootballTalk “I love the organization,” Cook told NFL.com in connection with Pro Bowl preparations in Orlando. “They took a chance on me in bringing me in. If a person believes in me, I’ll give them my all. I try to do everything, give them my all and I’m just happy that I’m at the Vikings. It’s a great organization. I think everything we’ve got going on is for the future.” Matt Judon: I don’t know where I’m going to be next year – ProFootballTalk Matt Judon is representing the Ravens in the Pro Bowl. Will it mark the last time Judon is a member of the team that drafted him in the fifth round in 2016? The linebacker is scheduled to become a free agent in March. Patriots’ Joejuan Williams arrested for drug possession – ProFootballTalk Patriots cornerback Joejuan Williams has been arrested on drug possession charges. After initially being pulled over for speeding, Williams was arrested at 9:37 p.m. Freddie Kitchens “not a lock” to end up on Giants staff – ProFootballTalk The Giants could hire Freddie Kitchens, which was reported Tuesday. But they might not, Dan Duggan of TheAthletic.com reports. Kitchens has other options and is “not a lock” to make it to New York, per Duggan. Kitchens and new Giants coach Joe Judge worked together at Mississippi State. Will Eli Manning be inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame? - NFL.com Yes, but he shouldn’t.

  • Will the Broncos find what they need at the Senior Bowl?
    by Adam Malnati on January 23, 2020 at 7:14 am

    Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports BCT is in Mobile during the Senior Bowl, and evaluating players that the Broncos might be targeting. With the Senior Bowl practices in full swing Ben and Ryan were joined by Steve Atwater to break down what they saw. While some guys wowed on day one, others stood out on day two. The key is positive movement throughout the week. The Denver Broncos have several needs heading into free agency and the draft. The guys took some time to talk to several players, including Iowa DB Michael Ojemudia. This is an area of need for Denver, and so it’s no surprise that the Broncos might be paying close attention to a player like Ojemudia. The interviews of the different players at the Senior Bowl is an interesting way to get to know some of the players. When asked about what scheme he might be more comfortable with Ojemudia said he liked both man coverage and zone coverage and then discussed the virtues of both. While that might not be the most enlightening answer, it is important to hear how these players conduct themselves in these situations. One of the keys to being a rookie is learning the art of the interview. It is important to know what to say and how to say it. Running through all the interviews that the guys on BCT did on Wednesday, it is clear that this skill is necessary, and seen as a way to impress off the field. Should the Broncos target Ojemudia in the draft? Perhaps. This week will be his chance to stand out to teams in the NFL, and possibly play his way onto the draft board of teams around the league.

  • Senior Bowl Day 2 Recap: Who helped or hurt their stock today
    by Jeff Essary on January 23, 2020 at 5:32 am

    Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports Today saw some good trench battles and a few corners who stood out for their coverage. Day two of the Senior Bowl is in the books. Here is quick run down of everything from my vantage point. John Elway is in the house #BroncosCountry #TheDraftStartsInMOBILE pic.twitter.com/EhbaEMZoTC— Jeffrey Essary (@JeffreyEssary) January 22, 2020 North Team The North team took the field first this time, and I made it a point to get an up close look at the trench battles, since I focus on WR/DBs on the North team yesterday. UConn's Matt Peart is a big boy, out here. 6' 6", 310 lbs. 35" arms, 86" wingspan. #TheDraftStartsInMOBILE pic.twitter.com/1gEH7DpD7b— Jeffrey Essary (@JeffreyEssary) January 22, 2020 First observation is UConn’s OT, Matt Peart is huge. Senior Bowl director Jim Nagy compared him to D’Brickashaw Ferguson and thinks he can translate over to the left side at the next level. They’ve had him working on the right side so far, as that’s what he played in college. He is still raw, and isn’t quite adept at fully utilizing his 86” wingspan. He would be a great developmental prospect, as he still needs refining from what I saw. He mistimed his punch several times, which will get him eaten alive at the next level. The tools are all there, though, and he showed enough today to warrant the looks he’s getting, but he’ll need to be brought along slowly. UConn OT Matt Peart VS Utah EDGE Bradley Anae. I love Peart, but he got to high to effectively deal with Anae and his ability to bend. Great rep by Anae. #SeniorBowl pic.twitter.com/khgsQZXRm5— John Vogel (@johndavogel) January 23, 2020 The North team is stacked with tackle talent. I think Houston’s Josh Jones is the best tackle in Mobile, and he continued to show why today. Tight end, Adam Trautman and Josh Jones combo blocking in warmups looked smooth, and drew praise from coaches. Jones jumped constantly into my notes for his work in pass protection in both 1-on-1s and team periods. I don't think Josh Jones lost a rep in 1-on-1s today. #TheDraftStartsInMOBILE— Jeffrey Essary (@JeffreyEssary) January 22, 2020 Josh Jones putting in work against a top edge defender in Bradlee Anae pic.twitter.com/XGtygIJEyD— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) January 22, 2020 Jones won every one of his reps in 1-on-1 periods, often in dominant fashion. On one stunt passing drill, he threw his defender onto the ground past the pocket. One of the great things about the Senior Bowl is it allows guys from smaller schools to show off their skills against better competition. That is exactly what Jones has done as he has looked excellent against guys like Bradlee Anae from Utah, Treveon Hill from Miami, Kenny Willekes from Michigan State. While the defensive line talent isn’t as strong on the North team as the South, Jones is taking advantage of his opportunities to show off against D1 talent. Staying on the offensive line, Kansas’ Hakeem Adeniji is another one from the North team that popped out to me today. While he started at left tackle for the Jayhawks, he has lined up at guard here the last two days. He looked a little uncomfortable in the run blocking drills as he adjusted to the new position, but was really stout in pass blocking. He stood up Gallimore twice in 1-on-1 periods and generally locked guys down in the pass rush drills. I love this initial punch from Hakeem Adeniji (78). Jumped right on him. pic.twitter.com/ptFPgGgn2M— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) January 22, 2020 I had a chance to chat with him after practice and he said he felt a lot more comfortable out at guard today than he did yesterday. It’s been an adjustment for him since he hasn’t played guard since high school, which makes his performance today even more impressive. He showed a strong inside hand on a pass rush rep, and good punch on another. On the defensive line, Neville Gallimore still looks like the best defensive lineman on the North team, and had a strong showing against today, breaking through the line in the team period running game drills. PODCAST: Iowa DB Michael Ojemudia (@GotMo_J) joined @redwardsradio & @AllbrightNFL on #BroncosCountry Tonight live from the @seniorbowl in Mobile, AL to discuss what he learned at Iowa, his preferred scheme and more.LISTEN on @KOAColorado: https://t.co/yAXHir8Y4n— KOA 850 AM & 94.1 FM (@KOAColorado) January 23, 2020 For the DB/WR drills, Michael Ojemudia is a guy Ryan Edwards turned me onto at practice today. He showed a good nose for the ball, had a nice run support rep and good coverage on comeback route, away from the play. He had a completion on him when Denzel Mims came down with an incredible catch down the sideline, but Ojemudia had great coverage. He’s a guy to watch as a potential developmental corner. Two of the Notre Dame DBs have really shined as well. Corner Troy Pride has been really solid for the last two days. He had probably the best rep I have seen from a corner out here. wit amazing coverage on comeback route. Working against Michael Pittman, he essentially ran the route for him and got the pass breakup. A few plays later, Pittman got the better of him, even though Pride was in pretty good coverage. Troy Pride having a great day so far. Good battles with Michael Pittman. Pittman got the better of him here despite the tight coverage. #TheDraftStartsInMOBILE pic.twitter.com/8Pe01QDrwa— Jeffrey Essary (@JeffreyEssary) January 22, 2020 Alohi Gilman, the Notre Dame safety unfortunately came up hurt midway through the day. Before that, he was having a great Senior Bowl. Hopefully it isn’t serious and he’s able to come back tomorrow. On the receiver front, Denzel Mims was dominant. He had the catch of the day with a great catch downfield, and was getting open constantly. He doesn’t have break away speed, but reminds me more of an Allen Robinson type, where he gets his separation with his release and subtle movements at the top of the stem. .@USUFootball QB Jordan Love drops a nice ball to @BUFootball WR Denzel Mims over Notre Dame CB Troy Pride Jr.#SeniorBowl pic.twitter.com/cmNQVFyHGr— Chase Goodbread (@ChaseGoodbread) January 22, 2020 KJ Hill had a quieter day than yesterday, but still was consistent with chain moving catches. Antonio Gandy-Golden had a really nice day as well with several nice routes. The one he’ll want back was a perfect release where he had a step on the defender, but dropped the would-be touchdown. Aside from that, the small school prospect has really boosted his stock down here. South Team For the South team trench battles, Cushenberry lost the first rep, but I’m pretty sure that was the only one I saw that he lost. The rest of the day he continued to build on his momentum from yesterday. They're getting it in here in the trenches at Senior Bowl practices. Love this part of 1 on 1s. pic.twitter.com/ml1w82PJLp— TURRON DAVENPORT (@TDavenport_NFL) January 22, 2020 Cushenberry went up against Javon Kinlaw multiple times and fared very well, getting the better of the talented defender. Speaking of, Kinlaw had a bit of a down day after his dominance yesterday. He also was limping around after 1-on-1s and through the team periods, so it was clear he was playing hurt. I am really surprised his agent or people allowed him to continue to stay on the field after he came up looking a bit hurt, but he battled through it and had a few good plays in team periods, blowing through for what would’ve been a TFL. Overall, today wasn’t his best day, but I’m sure some of it is on account of him playing through what appeared to be an ankle or calf injury. Hopefully he comes back for a strong day tomorrow, fully healthy. I thought Logan Stenberg had a really nice bounce back day and strung together several good pass blocking reps in 1-on-1s. He looked much more settled in and comfortable. The super long, small school tackle, Alex Taylor has been an intriguing prospect to me. He checks in at 6’8” with 36” arms and 88” wingspan (!!). He had physical tools in spades, but still needs refinement on how to best use his length, but he’s battled well out here so far, winning several reps in pass protection. Who really impressed me was Alabama edge guy, Terrell Lewis. He was probably the best player out on the field for both teams today. He one his pass rush reps in 1-on-1 and was disruptive in team periods, wrecking several plays. At 6’5” 258lbs, with 34” arms, he is a physical specimen. If Denver needed an edge guy, I would be all over him, but someone is going to get a great player in Lewis. He’s turned a lot of heads down here in Mobile. While it is hard for off ball linebackers to stand out, Akeem Davis-Gaither caught my eye with some good coverage, and a tipped ball in 7-on-7s. He is a bit of a tweener at 6’1” 220lbs, but good be a good sub linebacker at the next level. Texas receiver, Duvernay had a big catch deep and made my notes for a few of his routes. He didn’t have as big a day as yesterday, but he’s an interesting prospect. Jennings and Van Jefferson each had nice days as well. Conversely, the South DBs struggled a bit today from what I saw. Kyle Dugger, Dane Jackson, and Darnay Holmes all had a few nice plays, but were up and down overall. The big winners today I would say were Terrell Lewis and Denzel Mims. Cushenberry remained where he was yesterday and carried forward the momentum, while the Kinlaw and KJ Hill trains may have lost a little steam from their blazing starts. Due to inclement weather, the final practice tomorrow will be moved indoors on South Alabama’s campus, so we’ll see how the views are there. Hopefully I’ll be able to catch just as much action to be able to bring you updates tomorrow as well.

 

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