One of BRB's most prolific and sage commenters, Capt Ron, checks in with the Broncos' first round pick in the 2013 BRB Mock Draft. You will be intrigued.
"Always two there are, no more, no less: a master and an apprentice." >> Yoda
While I would be greatly tempted to use the above Sci-Fi quote to announce Matt Barkley as the new apprentice to be
torturedtutored under the powerful mastery of Peyton Manning, it does seem a bit out of place given the continued support the Broncos have for their development project in Brock Osweiler. It was compelling to consider just for the 180+ posts it would generate in generalized and speculative debates, and laughter too.
The departure of Elvis Dumervil and the resulting void remains a high priority to fill going into the draft, but the run on top DE/OLB talent in this mock draft during the first round pushes the Broncos' draft board to resolve the situation by a later pick.
With all that being said, the opening Sci-Fi reference DOES still have relevance, as the Denver Broncos, with the 28th pick of the 2013 BRB Mock Draft, select: Desmond Trufant (CB--Washington).
Apprentice Trufant will learn under one of the greatest CBs in NFL history, none other than Master Champ Bailey! With two years remaining on his contract at over $9M per year, Bailey is a financial liability if his production drops at all. Hopefully Champ can school the young Desmond and pass along the wisdom needed to transition to an elite player as this great Bronco rides into his inevitable sunset.
Analysis: Height: 5-11. Weight: 190. Arm: 30 5/8". Hand: 8 1/4". 40 Time: 4.38.
Trufant's stock is on the rise after a fantastic week at the Senior Bowl, followed by a great performance at the Combine. Trufant put up one of the best 40 times (4.38 seconds) in Indianapolis. He also did well in the field drills and displayed some good strength in the bench press. Trufant was said to have performed well at his pro day as well. He showed serious man-coverage ability to win one-on-ones with wide receivers in Mobile. He has size, length, speed and can recover; Trufant was very gritty and physical with receivers. It was clear that he is very confident, with a tenacious attitude and the mentality of a man-cover corner.
Trufant really excels in coverage, showing excellent instincts and the ability to quickly recognize routes. Stays in great position in zone coverage and possesses enough size and height to hold up in man. Can trick the quarterback into thinking his man is open. Very fluid lower half and clearly has learned a thing or two from his older brother, Marcus Trufant, a 2003 first round pick with the Seattle Seahawks.
I like Trufant. While Ron's reasoning for putting off an OLB until later in the draft is legit, would you have gone after a pass rusher like Alex Okafor here?
The New England Patriots and MaloneyPony are on the clock. Or they would be, if he hadn't already handed his pick in. Check back at 4 p.m. CDT to see who's joining Bill Belichick in New England.
1. Kansas City Chiefs--Luke Joeckel (OT--Texas A&M)
2. Jacksonville Jaguars--Eric Fisher (OT--Central Michigan)
3. Oakland Raiders--Sharrif Floyd (DT--Florida)
4. Philadelphia Eagles--Dee Milliner (CB--Alabama)
5. Detroit Lions--Jarvis Jones (LB--Georgia)
6. Cleveland Browns--Keenan Allen (WR--Cal)
7. Arizona Cardinals--Chance Warmack (OG--Alabama)
8. Buffalo Bills--Geno Smith (QB--West Virginia)
9. New York Jets--Dion Jordan (DE/OLB--Oregon)
10. Tennessee Titans--Ezekial Ansah (DE--BYU)
11. San Diego Chargers--Lane Johnson (OT--Oklahoma)
12. Miami Dolphins--Barkevious Mingo (DE/OLB--LSU)
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers--Tavon Austin (WR--West Virginia)
14. Carolina Panthers--Star Lotulelei (DT--Utah)
15. New Orleans Saints--Sheldon Richardson (DT--Missouri)
16. St. Louis Rams--DeAndre Hopkins (WR--Clemson)
17. Pittsburgh Steelers--Cordarrelle Patterson (WR--Tennessee)
18. Dallas Cowboys--Jonathan Cooper (G--North Carolina)
19. New York Giants--Bjoern Wagner (DE--Florida State)
20. Chicago Bears--Tyler Eifert (TE--Notre Dame)
21. Cincinnati Bengals--Kenny Vaccaro (S--Texas)
22. St. Louis Rams--Jonathan Cyprien (S--Florida International)
23. Minnesota Vikings--Arthur Brown (ILB--Kansas State)
24. Indianapolis Colts--Xavier Rhodes (CB--Florida State)
25. Minnesota Vikings--Jesse Williams (DT--Alabama)
26. Green Bay Packers--Tank Carradine (DE--Florida State)
27. Houston Texans--Datone Jones (DE--UCLA)
28. Denver Broncos--Desmond Trufant (CB--Washington State)