PFF draft board: Denver Broncos

Senior Analyst Sam Monson takes a pick-by-pick look at the 2016 draft prospects that best fit the Broncos' needs.

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PFF draft board: Denver Broncos

PFF is putting together team-specific draft boards for all 32 franchises using our draft rankings and evaluation of how each player fits in specific schemes.

Included are three ideal targets for each team with their first-, second-, and third-round picks, along with a team-specific draft board (at the bottom of this article) that includes every player in PFF’s draft rankings.

Here is the entry for the Denver Broncos: 

Round 1 (31st overall)

Sheldon Day, DT, Notre Dame

The Denver Broncos lost a lot of talent from the defense that took them all the way to a Super Bowl win, and Sheldon Day might be the best option to replace some of that lost interior pressure. He has the ability to move around the D-line and create major disruption before emerging into a full-time role after a year or so. The former Notre Dame standout trailed only DeForest Buckner in PFF grading among defensive interior players this past season.

Hunter Henry, TE, Arkansas

The WR group in Denver isn’t in bad shape, but they have yet to adequately replace Julius Thomas. Hunter Henry gives them a player capable of doing that. The former Razorback caught 69.9 percent of passes sent his way this past season, and gained 14.8 yards per reception, with 4.7 of those coming after the catch. He can provide an immediate receiving option from the TE spot.

Scooby Wright III, LB, Arizona

Scooby Wright will likely fall much farther than this because of his poor workout numbers and injury-marred 2015 season, but the 2014 tape shows incredible production. That season, he was half a grading point away from the highest mark in the nation, with positive grades in every area PFF measures. He has off-the-chart instincts, and should be an impact run-defender from day one, despite his measurables.

Round 2 (63rd overall)

Isaac Seumalo, G, Oregon State

Denver needs O-line help badly, and the best prospect likely to be there in the second round is Seumalo. He was the sixth-ranked guard in the nation this past season, and the fourth-best in the draft class, failing to surrender a single sack or hit on the QB, and coughing up just four total pressures all season.

Maliek Collins, DT, Nebraska

Collins would address the same issue as Day, adding a body to the rotation for the Denver interior in an attempt to pick up some of the slack left behind by the departure of Malik Jackson and Antonio Smith. The former Cornhusker earned positive grades against both the run and pass, but had nine penalties this past season and must avoid jumping offsides.

Kyle Murphy, OT, Stanford

Kyle Murphy is an interesting OT prospect, having graded well at Stanford in both of the last two seasons. He has shown the ability to play at a high level, but has been inconsistent and needs to demonstrate a more reliable power-base. Murphy has surrendered seven sacks over the past two seasons, but was the seventh-highest-graded tackle in the class.

Round 3 (94th and 98th overall)

Brandon Allen, QB, Arkansas

Assuming Denver doesn’t reach for a QB in the first round, the third might be where they find value in some prospects that have excellent tape, but not the measurables. Brandon Allen had the fifth-best passing grade in the class—ahead of Paxton Lynch and Connor Cook, among others—but has small hands and doesn’t have a cannon for an arm, so is being massively underrated as a prospect. He could be a backup in year one and a starter in his second season.

Cody Kessler, QB, USC

Kessler suffers from many of the same issues as Allen, with a relatively marginal arm and no standout measurables. However, Kessler also has the quirk of having an excellent grade in 2014 before dropping off a little this past season. He is arguably the most-accurate QB in the draft class, and could learn to overcome his physical limitations with a season as a backup.

Steven Daniels, LB, Boston College

Daniels had the highest LB grade in the nation this past season, and would provide a thumping addition to the middle of the Denver defense to replace the departed Danny Trevathan. He may not fit the ideal measurables profile of an NFL linebacker, but it has yet to hamper his production, and the Broncos have the flexibility to keep him as a two-down player if necessary.

Devontae Booker, RB, Utah

The team tied itself to C.J. Anderson with a clumsy approach to his contract in free agency, but they could use an upgrade in the backfield to complement him. Devontae Booker had the third-highest PFF grade in the class; he notched 57 broken tackles this past season and averaged more than 3 yards per carry after first contact.

PlayerPositionSchoolPFF Draft BoardDenver Broncos Draft Board
Jared GoffQBCal41
DeForest BucknerDIOregon22
Myles JackLBUCLA63
Ezekiel ElliottRBOhio State74
Jalen RamseyCBFlorida State35
Joey BosaEDGEOhio State16
Cody WhitehairGKansas State177
Sheldon RankinsDILouisville88
Laremy TunsilOTOle Miss59
Chris JonesDIMississippi State1210
Corey ColemanWRBaylor911
Josh DoctsonWRTCU1012
Reggie RaglandLBAlabama2613
Hunter HenryTEArkansas3314
Jarran ReedDIAlabama2015
Andrew BillingsDIBaylor2216
Ronnie StanleyOTNotre Dame1617
Jonathan BullardDIFlorida2718
Leonard FloydEDGEGeorgia1919
Jaylon SmithLBNotre Dame2520
Mackenzie AlexanderCBClemson2121
Shaq LawsonEDGEClemson1122
Carson WentzQBNorth Dakota State1423
Karl JosephSWest Virginia3023
Vernon ButlerDILouisiana Tech3223
Sterling ShepardWROklahoma2326
Nick MartinCNotre Dame4527
William Jackson IIICBHouston1528
Shilique CalhounEDGEMichigan State2929
Eli AppleCBOhio State3130
Isaac SeumaloGOregon State6330
Robert NkemdicheDIOle Miss4432
Ryan KellyCAlabama4233
Noah SpenceEDGEEastern Kentucky3634
Leonte CarrooWRRutgers3534
Scooby Wright IIILBArizona7136
Kenneth DixonRBLouisiana Tech4736
Rashard HigginsWRColorado State4038
Sheldon DayDINotre Dame3439
Michael Thomas (OSU)WROhio State2440
Paxton LynchQBMemphis5541
Paul PerkinsRBUCLA4942
Hassan RidgewayDITexas5743
Jason SpriggsOTIndiana4644
Austin JohnsonDIPenn State3945
Jack ConklinOTMichigan State1346
Christian WestermanGArizona State8547
Joe ThuneyOTNC State5148
Adolphus WashingtonDIOhio State4349
Vernon HargreavesCBFlorida1850
Michael Thomas (SM)WRSouthern Miss3851
Kyler FackrellEDGEUtah State6552
Nick KwiatkowskiLBWest Virginia7653
Joshua GarnettGStanford5054
Steven DanielsLBBoston College10155
Kenny ClarkDIUCLA5856
Bronson KaufusiEDGEBYU6657
Su'a CravensLBUSC4858
Darius LathamDIIndiana8459
Jerell AdamsTESouth Carolina5960
Jordan HowardRBIndiana5661
Laquon TreadwellWROle Miss2862
Kalan ReedCBSouthern Miss5463
Kamalei CorreaEDGEBoise State7864
A'Shawn RobinsonDIAlabama4165
Kevin ByardSMiddle Tennessee State7366
Willie HenryDIMichigan9967
Daniel BravermanWRWestern Michigan6268
Javon HargraveDISouth Carolina State7969
Connor CookQBMichigan State7570
Kevin DoddEDGEClemson7071
Malcolm MitchellWRGeorgia6771
Brandon DoughtyQBWestern Kentucky10971
Jeremy CashSDuke5374
Joe SchobertEDGEWisconsin7475
Jake McGeeTEFlorida12376
Darron LeeLBOhio State8177
Dean LowryDINorthwestern9778
Thomas DuarteTEUCLA8979
Tyler BoydWRPittsburgh8280
Joe DahlOTWashington State11281
Joshua PerryLBOhio State8682
Taylor DeckerOTOhio State5283
Austin HooperTEStanford12584
Will FullerWRNotre Dame6085
Pharoh CooperWRSouth Carolina9686
Kevin PetersonCBOklahoma State9486
Devin LucienWRArizona State9286
Braxton MillerWROhio State9886
Keyarris GarrettWRTulsa6490
De'Vante HarrisCBTexas A&M6991
Vonn BellSOhio State9092
Kentrell BrothersLBMissouri10893
Emmanuel OgbahEDGEOklahoma State3794
Xavien HowardCBBaylor8095
Le'Raven ClarkOTTexas Tech11996
Matt SkuraCDuke12897
Maliek CollinsDINebraska6198
Anthony ZettelDIPenn State11498
Shon ColemanOTAuburn91100
Cre'Von LeBlancCBFlorida Atlantic93100
Alex CollinsRBArkansas87102
Aaron BurbridgeWRMichigan State138103
Spencer DrangoGBaylor107104
Carl NassibEDGEPenn State68104
Demarcus AyersWRHouston150104
Jordan PaytonWRUCLA118107
Darrell GreeneGSan Diego State157108
Cyrus JonesCBAlabama77109
Devon CajusteTEStanford174110
Nick VanHooseCBNorthwestern88111
Austin BlytheCIowa203112
Ronald BlairEDGEAppalachian State102113
Nelson SpruceWRColorado145113
Matt IoannidisDITemple124115
David MorganTEUTSA153116
Will AnthonyEDGENavy132117
Tajae SharpeWRUmass180117
Jakeem GrantWRTexas Tech173117
Max TuerkCUSC113120
Darian ThompsonSBoise State83121
Devontae BookerRBUtah103122
Jack AllenCMichigan State122123
Sebastian TretolaGArkansas126124
Henry Krieger-CobleTEIowa230124
Cody KesslerQBUSC106124
C.J. ProsiseRBNotre Dame105127
Vernon Adams, JRQBOregon111128
Germain IfediOTTexas A&M182129
Kyle MurphyOTStanford72130
Tavon YoungCBTemple115131
Brandon AllenQBArkansas104132
Tyler GrayLBBoise State160133
Matt JohnsonQBBowling Green110134
Jordan JenkinsEDGEGeorgia127135
Daniel LascoRBCal141136
Cardale JonesQBOhio State222137
Joey HuntCTCU189138
Yannick NgakoueEDGEMaryland134139
Will RedmondCBMississippi State116140
Joe HaegOTNorth Dakota State117140
Will ParksSArizona100142
Jihad WardDIIllinois159142
D.J. ReaderDIClemson162142
Terrell LathanDITCU167142
Graham GlasgowGMichigan158142
Ryker MathewsGBYU164142
Artie BurnsCBMiami144148
Jatavis BrownLBAkron131149
Terrell ChestnutCBWest Virginia129150
Trevone BoykinQBTCU142151
Nile Lawrence-StampleDIFlorida State148152
Kyle RoseDIWest Virginia168152
Sterling BaileyDIGeorgia170152
Delvon SimmonsDIUSC175152
Brennan ScarlettDIStanford178152
Dadi Lhomme NicholasEDGEVirginia Tech161157
Aaron WallaceEDGEUCLA166157
Kenyan DrakeRBAlabama135159
Jonathan WilliamsRBArkansas137159
Jayron KearseSClemson120161
Demarcus RobinsonWRFlorida140162
Derrick HenryRBAlabama95163
Kevin HoganQBStanford143164
Jeff DriskelQBLouisiana Tech149164
Rees OdhiamboGBoise State190166
Alex McCalisterEDGEFlorida169167
Byron MarshallWROregon121168
DeAndre WashingtonRBTexas Tech194169
Tyler ErvinRBSan Jose State197169
Keanu NealSFlorida176171
Tyrone HolmesEDGEMontana130172
Bryson AlbrightEDGEMiami (OH)195173
Travis FeeneyEDGEWashington196173
Quniton JeffersonDIMaryland210175
Connor McGovernGMissouri202175
Charles TapperEDGEOklahoma136177
Jhurell PressleyRBNew Mexico179178
Miles KillebrewSSouther Utah187179
Justin SimmonsSBoston College163180
Cory JohnsonDIKentucky156180
Eric MurrayCBMinnesota154182
D.J. PettwayEDGEAlabama211182
Jacoby BrissettQBNC State151184
Alex LewisOTNebraska183185
Adam GotsisDIGeorgia Tech177186
B.J. GoodsonLBClemson146187
D.J. WhiteCBGeorgia Tech155188
Eric StrikerEDGEOklahoma165188
Ted KarrasGIllinois213190
Ian SeauEDGENevada219191
Matt JudonEDGEGrand Valley State220191
Blake MartinezLBStanford198193
Rashard RobinsonCBLSU200194
Praise Martin-OguikeEDGETemple208194
KeiVarae RussellCBNotre Dame171196
Corey TindalCBMarshall172196
Kolby ListenbeeWRTCU181196
Wendell SmallwoodRBWest Virginia228199
Cody CoreWROle Miss184200
Kenny LawlerWRCal193200
Clayton FejedelemSIllinois201202
Tanner McEvoySWisconsin206202
Tyler RobertsLBTroy215204
Mike RoseEDGENC State223205
Victor OchiEDGEStony Brook244205
Cory LittletonEDGEWashington246205
Tyler MatakevichLBTemple185208
Perez FordLBNorthern Illinois188208
Curt MaggittEDGETennessee207210
Teddy RubenWRTroy212210
T.J. GreenSClemson217212
Nick ArbuckleQBGeorgia State242213
Nick VigilLBUtah State205214
Jesse ChapmanCAppalachian State241215
Jake BrendelCUCLA245215
Deion JonesLBLSU250215
Josh FergusonRBIllinois235215
Trevon ColeyDIFlorida Atlantic186219
Jenson StoshakWRFlorida Atlantic214220
Jordan WilliamsWRBall State218220
D.J. FosterWRArizona State216220
Dak PrescottQBMississippi State221223
Eddie YarbroughEDGEWyoming192224
Connor WujciakDIBoston College204225
Mike HiltonSOle Miss233226
Vincent ValentineDINebraska234226
Martavius FosterDIColorado State240226
Donte DeayonCBBoise State199229
Caleb AzubikeEDGEVanderbilt209229
John TheusOTGeorgia231231
Jerald HawkinsOTLSU232231
Justin MurrayOTCincinnati249231
Prince Charles IworahCBWestern Kentucky225231
Jalen MillsCBLSU247231
Jimmy BeanEDGEOklahoma State248231
Mitch MathewsWRBYU226231
Charone PeakeWRClemson229231
Chris MooreWRCincinnati236231
Trevor DavisWRCal239231
Alex EricksonWRWisconsin227231
Kendall FullerCBVirginia Tech139242
Taveze CalhounCBMississippi State147243
Roger LewisWRBowling Green224244
Boston StiversonGKansas State237245
Jarell BroxtonGBaylor238245
Vadal AlexanderGLSU243245
Landon TurnerGNorth Carolina133248
Nila KasitatiGOklahoma152248
Brandon ShellOTSouth Carolina191248

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Sam is a Senior Analyst at Pro Football Focus, as well as a contributor to ESPN and NBCSports.

  • anon76returns

    According to your own board, the Broncos would rate Collins at #115, which seems like they’d then be making an incredible reach to take him in the 2nd round. Not that I think he’d be a bad pick for them there, I’m just confused about how we’re supposed to understand these picks relative to the teams’ prospective big board listed immediately below.
    Also, is this where we get to yell at you for your choices in the 7 round mock draft? Specifically the 2nd round selection of Connor Cook (their #92, according to you) over Scooby Wright (their #26), the acquisition of both an OT(!) and a CB(!!!). Might as well just blow a few picks on edge rusher while you’re at it. On the other hand, actual needs include OG, TE, and S. Rather than getting one of the smooth ZBS guys at OG (Whitehair, Westerman, McGovern, or even Odhiambo), you went after a statue in Kasitati. Rather than getting a TE that can block, you got a receiving TE that is (no joke) smaller than Demaryius Thomas. And at S you eschewed Keanu Neal for a possesion WR that would never see the field ahead of DT/Sanders/Fowler/Latimer (in an offense that runs 70+% out of 2 TE sets) and Killebrew for a CB that will never see the field ahead of Talib/CHJ/Roby/Webster/Doss. RRRrrrr!!

    • Malachi


  • Tim Edell

    If Cody Kessler is drafted in Round 3 I’ll wear a Packer Jersey for a month straight( I’m a die-hard Bears fan). At best Kessler is a career backup who will be lucky to hear his name called in the 6th.

    • The Mysteries of Bob

      I agree

      But now I want pics of the Packer jersey

      • Tim Edell

        My son is a Packers fan hes holding me to my word!!