Michael Bennett, DT, Ohio St.
With four straight AFC West titles as well as an appearance in Super Bowl 48, you'd think the Broncos for the most part would be a team that would rest on their laurels. However, when one of the guys in the front office is one of the greatest quarterbacks in the history of the NFL, winning division titles and and getting blown out in a Super Bowl is not good enough, especially when your quarterback is Peyton Manning, who as some don't like to admit, is more on the decline than anything.
Entering this year's draft, the Denver Broncos, picking #28 in the 2015 NFL Draft, defense seems to be the order of the day for what was the 16th best defensive unit in the league during the 2014 season.
Prior to sending my pick to the Commish, I had scouted three different guys for this pick, Iowa's Carl Davis, who performed exceptionally well on the field during the Senior Bowl, but apparently bombed in interviews and criticized for work ethic, Clemson's Grady Jarrett, who also had a great showing at the Senior Bowl (sidenote: everyone has a good Senior Bowl week) and Ohio State's Michael Bennett, who was one of the anchors on the 2014 national championship Buckeye squad. Out of those three I looked at, Bennett was the one that stood out to me, someone that could provide much needed depth for an aging defensive line that includes DeMarcus Ware among others.
Hailing from Centreville, Ohio, Bennett in 2014 collected 41 tackles for the Buckeyes, including 14 for loss of yardage. His 14 tackles for loss would place him sixth in the Big Ten, tying him with Michigan's Jake Ryan.
With Bennett, the Broncos will get an intelligent player with a high motor that can excel in the 4-3. He also possesses great hand eye coordination and can shed blocks. The only knock on him is if he can stay healthy, something he was unable to do in 2014.
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Below are the complete results from our community mock draft.
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|Pick||Team||Selection||Team Representative||Approval Rating|
|1||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||
QB Jameis Winston - Florida State
|2||Tennessee Titans||DE Leonard Williams - USC||Tee Word||85%|
|3||Jacksonville Jaguars||DE Dante Fowler - Florida||Khannar||80%|
|4||Oakland Raiders||WR Amari Cooper - Alabama||arcuate||73%|
|5||Washington Redskins||DE Randy Gregory - Nebraska||Lostastic||29%|
|6||NY Jets||OLB Vic Beasley - Clemson||BlackandGold4ever||52%|
|7||Chicago Bears||LB Shane Ray - Missouri||saintmanumit||28%|
|8||Atlanta Falcons||DE Bud Dupree - Kentucky||Dave Choate||46%|
|9||NY Giants||NT Danny Shelton - Washington||GoFastTurnLeftMaybeRight||60%|
|10||St. Louis Rams||OT Andrus Peat - Stanford||Kevin Sean Held||46%|
|11||Minnesota Vikings||WR Kevin White - West Virginia||gulf shores||60%|
|12||Cleveland Browns||QB Marcus Mariota - Oregon||ryan_la_sports07||68%|
|13||New Orleans Saints||CB Trae Waynes - Michigan State||Dave Cariello||57%|
|14||Miami Dolphins||RB Todd Gurley - Georgia||Ralph Malbrough||30%|
|15||San Francisco 49ers||DE Arik Armstead - Oregon||The Irish Assassin||31%|
|16||Houston Texans||WR DeVante Parker - Louisville
|17||San Diego Chargers||OT La'el Collins - LSU||LeedsSaint||66%|
|18||Kansas City Chiefs||WR Dorial Green-Beckham - Missouri||jmcmillan_93||46%|
|19||Cleveland Browns||TE Maxx Williams - Minnesota||ryan_la_sports07||46%|
|20||Philadelphia Eagles||S Landon Collins - Alabama||Matt Mosley||53%|
|21||Cincinnati Bengals||OT Ereck Flowers - Miami||coldpizza||60%|
|22||Pittsburgh Steelers||CB Marcus Peters - Washington||whodatgermany||73%|
|23||Detroit Lions||DT Malcolm Brown - Texas||Khannar||81%|
|24||Arizona Cardinals||CB Jalen Collins - LSU||saintmanumit||51%|
|25||Carolina Panthers||OT Brandon Scherff - Iowa||Jake White|
|26||Baltimore Ravens||WR Jaelen Strong - Arizona St.||quickdrawdoc|
|27||Dallas Cowboys||RB Melvin Gordon - Wisconsin||arcuate|
|28||Denver Broncos||DT Michael Bennett - Ohio St.||Ryne Hancock|
|29||Indianapolis Colts||Alex Lyles|
|30||Green Bay Packers||Matt Mosley|
|31||New Orleans Saints||Dave Cariello|
|32||New England Patriots||Whit Prottsman|