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NFL Mock Draft 2015: Denver Broncos Select Michael Bennett

With the 28th pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos (represented by Ryne Hancock) select...

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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.


Thanks to all the CSC members who participated in this year's community mock draft. Without your help, none of this would be possible.

Below are the complete results from our community mock draft.

Catch up with all of the mock draft selections in our 2015 CSC Community Mock Draft Hub.

Pick Team Selection Team Representative Approval Rating
1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston - Florida State
Hans Petersen 82%
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
quickdrawdoc 77%
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