And with the Second Pick in the 2011 NFL Draft…

28 Feb

With the National Football League Combine coming to a close, the perspective draft class is becoming clearer. After all of the 40-yard dashes, the interviews, and the countless amount of on-the-field drill, it is becoming clearer who will be a high-round pick, and who will be waiting until Day Three to get drafted.

Today, the defensive lineman and linebackers got to show their speed, agility, and coordination on the field all day at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. And boy, did they.

According to reports, there is a lot of speed in this years defensive draft. With the rise of the spread offensives in the college ranks, many defenders have to sacrifice strength for speed, with the quarterback getting rid of the ball faster. This is very evident in the SEC, where it is all about speed and agility.

What excites me about this draft is that there are a lot of good picks for the Denver Broncos.

It is bittersweet seeing the Broncos so high up on the draft board. I want them to win, but at the same time, it will be a good chance for the Broncos to pick up a lot of talent on the defensive side, where it ranked close to last in the league.

Now, with the combine almost over, the Broncos are on the clock. And with April 28th coming quick, they have to decide quickly what to do.

John Fox, Denver’s new head coach, is a very defensive-minded coach. It is likely that the Broncos will be going from a 3-4 defensive scheme, to a 4-3 defensive scheme. With a 4-3 scheme, comes speed, which the the Broncos are lacking.

That is what excites me about this year draft. There is a TON of speed in this years draft. Defensive linemen were putting up faster speeds than in the previous years. Von Miller has impressed everyone today, running a 4.46 40-yard dash. he also wow-ed everyone with his on-the-field skills. Nick Fairley also impressed with his burst of speed, as well as his ability to rush the quarterback. Patrick Peterson is also on the Broncos radar. The shut-down cornerback from LSU could be a good fit in the Broncos secondary, complementing the All-Pro Champ Bailey (who, thankfully, is returning).

Now, for my pick.

If I were the Broncos, I hope they draft Von Miller. I know that he isn’t projected to be a number two pick, and would be a stretch, and a risk. But the Broncos need a young-stud to lead the Broncos into the future. Bailey and Brian Dawkins are the leaders now, but are getting old. Von Miller can add the speed that the Broncos are looking for off the edge, and could help lead the Broncos into the future, and beyond.

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