At this stage in the draft, you're looking to find depth anywhere you can get it.
The Broncos' selelction of Matt Paradis isn't going to blow you away. He wasn't even the best center in a below average conference (Mountain West).
His size is suspect to be on the interior of the line; he's not particularly quick or fast; his reach is also not great.
With the 31st pick in the sixth-round of the 2014 NFL Draft, the Broncos chose Boise State center Matt Paradis.
Denver hosted the 6-3, 306-pounder in early April.
His 4.46-second 20-yard shuttle time was fifth best among linemen at the combine.
I'm trying not to view this pick in light of the fact that the Broncos wanted C.J. Mosley and were willing to trade up to get him.
So given the context of the pick, getting an above average inside linebacker from the best conference in America ain't too shabby.
Apparently, the Broncos would have taken him with pick #131, but wanted to trade down and get some value with the hopes Barrow would still be there.
With the #156 overall pick, acquired from Chicago earlier in the day, the Broncos have selected LSU linebacker Lamin Barrow.
The 6-1, 237-pound fifth year senior led the Tigers with 91 tackles in 2013 and was named Second Team All-SEC.
His 4.64-second forty time was a distant third best among linebackers at the combine, and his 123-inch broad jump a distant fourth best.
Did you just spend the past two hours patiently waiting for the Broncos to pick at #131?
If so, the response from John Elway & Co. is something like, Hey, what's another hour?
Denver has traded out of the fourth round entirely, sending #131 to Chicago.
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There's nothing fancy or pretty with this pick of Michigan tackle Michael Schofield. It was simply made with depth and flexibility in mind.
Like Orlando Franklin before him, Schofield is a tall and powerful run blocker who can grind dudes into the ground if he has leverage.
It's the same reason why he could also flex to guard for the Broncos if needed.
And as we all learned last year, there's no assurance the Broncos will finish the year with their tackles intact.
With their third-round pick, the Broncos chose Michigan tackle Michael Schofield.
The 6-6, 301-pounder started 36 games over the past three seasons, split amongst left guard (in 2011) and right tackle (2012-13).
At the end of the first round, the Broncos had a chance to grab a top wideout in Marqise Lee. They passed.
The wideout they drafted with their second pick may be a better option anyway.
Cody Latimer is literally bigger, stronger, and faster than Lee, who got a lot of street cred because he played for USC. Latimer's alma mater has no such credibility.