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Old 04-02-2013, 01:44 PM   #1
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It's always difficult to handicap the NFL draft. Things often don't go the way those who make the picks expect.

There are few things more difficult to predict than how the draft will go at the bottom of the first round.

Which brings us to the Broncos, who sit with the 28th selection in the opening round. The only time in franchise history they picked 28th, they went with a defensive tackle, in the 1997 draft, named Trevor Pryce.

Not bad.

They would be fine with that kind of success this time around, and the strength of this board will be on the defensive line. There are a bevy of defensive tackles and defensive end prospects for a team such as the Broncos to consider. But with needs at cornerback and inside linebacker, it seems defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio will have a lot to say about who comes off the board first for the Broncos this time around.

Del Rio routinely makes the rounds of several pro days. This year he went to Georgia's, Florida State's and Alabama's pro days. Granted, half the free world showed up to the Crimson Tide's workout in Tuscaloosa, but Del Rio was the most prominent among the Broncos' contingent.

At Georgia, Del Rio saw a player who not only is one of the most talented at his position, but a guy who carries some of the biggest question marks.

There are plenty of questions about Bulldogs linebacker Alec Ogletree's maturity and off-the-field behavior, including an arrest for driving under the influence just before the combine and a suspension this past season for a violation of the school's marijuana policy.

Ogletree has left some teams shaking their heads. Some scouts said he responded to questions about both incidents as the "only" times he had done something like that. Those weren't the answers those teams were looking for, to be sure.

Also at Georgia were defensive tackle John Jenkins, safeties Bacarri Rambo and Shawn Williams and cornerback Sanders Commings. Commings, one of the biggest cornerbacks on the board, ran the 40-yard dash in 4.41 seconds at the combine after he weighed in at 216 pounds.

At Florida State, the Broncos have kept an eye on defensive lineman Tank Carradine's recovery from ACL surgery this past season, but it's uncertain whether he will be on the board at No. 28 if he shows significant progress in his recovery at an April 20 workout.

Seminoles cornerback Xavier Rhodes is another player of interest, but most teams have him slotted higher than 28th.

The list of Alabama prospects is long, but of particular interest on defense for the Crimson Tide are linebacker Nico Johnson, who had surgery to repair a sports hernia after the season; defensive tackle Jesse Williams, who had knee surgery after the season; and safety Robert Lester. Lester, at 220 pounds, is one of the bigger safeties on the board. He ran the 40 in 4.60 at the combine and at pro day.

Broncos coach John Fox has taken a big safety and moved him to linebacker previously in his coaching career, doing so with former Georgia safety Thomas Davis. In the right scheme, Lester would be a candidate for such a move.

Read more: Broncos' Jack Del Rio has hit the road to see some players of interest - The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/broncos/ci...#ixzz2PLC1OZN8
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