If Corey Nelson hadn't partially torn his pectoral muscle early last year, he would have gone higher in today's draft.
If the NCAA hadn't denied him a fifth year of eligibility, he would have gone higher next year. If he was a little larger and a little taller--well, you get the drift.
But none of that happened. The super-athletic linebacker is now the property of the Denver Broncos.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There are many truisms in the NFL draft, but the Broncos just got two for the price of one with their pick of Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby.
The first: all things being equal, avoid wide receivers in the first round. They simply have a much higher bust rate.
The second: you can never have enough quality cornerbacks.
There’s a lot of emotion swirling inside any Broncos fan right now. A loss like this one feels raw, exhausting, and most of all, personal.
After all, we’ve been with this team for 19 games now. We’ve watched them set records, only to fall well short in the biggest game of the year.
But let’s face it, today was never meant to be the Broncos’ day. We need to accept that fact. The first play of the game was a self-induced safety. The first play of the second half was something I can only describe as completely bizarre.
But even without such alien abductions, the Seahawks were the better team.
Welcome to the Super Bowl, Denver. Today's limerick is a little different. That's because it's hard to be obscene when you're so damn giddy. So I went the inspirational route:
Who will put on this game their stamp
to complete the Broncos revamp?
Who will bring to this town
the Lombardi crown
so Pat can say THIS one's for Champ?
For one last time, this season: GO BRONCOS!
By now everyone has heard: Bill Belichick thinks Wes Welker's hit on Aqib Talib in yesterday's game was one of the worst plays he's ever seen.
It's laughable of course. Many have pointed out that Julian Edelman's hit on Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie a series prior was actually more egregious. Watch the play and see for yourself. If anyone is going to get fined, it's Edelman, not Welker.
The boys over at Pro Football Focus just came out with their grades from yesterday's game, and the highest of any Bronco came from Terrance Knighton, who scored a deadly +5.6--territory generally reserved for DTs like Gerald McCoy and Ndamukong Suh.
Knighton managed to best even Peyton Manning, who scored a +4.7, and Orlando Franklin, who graded out at +4.3.
And for those who wondered about Champ Bailey, he posted a grade of +2.6.