Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Reviewing the Broncos 2011 NFL Draft Class (Part 2)

After selecting four solid players in the first three rounds of the draft last weekend, the Denver Broncos followed up by making five more excellent value selections in the mid to late rounds. Here is a quick rundown of the players they selected:

Name: Safety Quinton Carter
Height/Weight: 6'1, 208 pounds.
Selection/College: 108th overall selection in the 2011 NFL Draft out of Oklahoma.
Quickly: The Broncos safety position was definitely an area the team needed to address heading into the draft, and that's just what they did. Carter will team up with second round selection Rahim Moore to create one of the better young safety tandems in the NFL.

A physical player, Carter plays the ball well and has good instincts. Carter should see time in Denver's nickle defenses and on special teams this season and may even emerge as a starter.

Name: Tight end Julius Thomas.
Height/Weight: 6'5, 246 pounds.
Selection/College: 129th overall pick in the 2o11 NFL Draft out of Portland State.
Quickly: A former basketball player, Thomas we be hard for defenses to match up against because of his ideal size for the position. A raw prospect, Thomas has strong hands but will have to be tuned a bit before he can become a starter in the Broncos offense.

Name: Linebacker Mike Mohamed
Height/Weight: 6'2, 239 pounds.
Selection/College: 189th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft out of California.
Quickly: The Broncos got some nice depth at linebacker and an excellent special teams player in Mohamed. A high-character player, Mohamed is a hard-working, smart player with great instincts. He's a great guy to have in any locker room.

Name: Virgil Green
Height/Weight: 6'3, 249 pounds.
Selection/College: 204th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft out of Nevada.
Quickly: Green was predicted to be a mid-round selection so it wasn't surprising to see Denver pounce on him when he was still available in the seventh round. An incredibly talented and versatile player, Green may also see time at fullback this season and if he can stay healthy become one of the biggest steals of his draft class.

With a very high ceiling, Green looks to vie for playing time in Denver's offense and on special teams as a rookie.

Name: Defensive lineman Jeremy Beal.
Height/Weight: 6'2, 262 pounds.
Selection/College: 247th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft out of Oklahoma.
Quickly: A great value pick, Beal fell to the Broncos in the seventh round despite the fact that he was a dominate pass rusher at the college level. With a great motor and never-quit attitude, Beal will not be denied in his quest to earn a role on Denver's defense this season.

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