Finally, Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning made his decision. It likely stemmed from his friendship with Hall of Fame QB and Denver Broncos executive John Elway. The Denver Broncos give Peyton Manning a great shot to win, but they must address some needs moving forward.
The Tennessee Titans looked like the best fit for Peyton Manning. The blind side of their offensive line is stellar, they have a solid top WR in Kenny Britt, and they have the most lucrative running game out of the teams with RB Chris Johnson. However, as evidenced by names like WR Pierre Garcon, Anthony Gonzalez and other little known players putting up big days behind Peyton Manning, the receiving position may not be viewed in the first two or three rounds for the Denver Broncos.
Brashly put, the Denver Broncos defense was schizophrenic, bipolar, night and day. There were flashes of brilliance from young pass rushers Elvis Dumervil and defensive rookie of the year Von Miller, but with CB Champ Bailey aging and the interior core a question mark, the consensus is that with the 25th overall pick the Broncos will look to the inside.
The Broncos are in luck, as this years draft has as many as five first round worthy defensive tackles. DT’s Dontari Poe, Fletcher Cox, Michael Brockers, Devon Still, and Jerel Worthy (in no order) could all make major impacts in their first season. The Carolina Panthers and or St. Louis Rams will likely pluck two of these guys (Poe and Brockers) off the board. This leaves Penn State DL Devon Still as the favorite at 25.
Still plays a similar style as Miami Dolphins DL Jared Odrick. They both danced between pass rusher and run stuffer and each showed the ability to do both. Both played under late legend Joe Paterno and both played against the bulky space eaters in Big 10 offensive lineman. If a Big 10 defensive lineman makes waves, it is likely a positive sign, as the Big 10 is known for its big men and less for its flashy skill players.
After spending his rookie season injured, Odrick broke out in a big way after getting his feet wet. He is now a favorite to be an emerging star on the Miami Dolphins defense. While a little help along the line would be nice, it has to understood that LT Ryan Clady will return to form in 2012. RT Orlando Franklin had a decent rookie campaign despite growing pains and will look to build on this performance. At 25 there will likely be all first round worthy offensive lineman gone, and with WR’s Eric Decker and Demariyus Thomas Manning should have some weapons.
Devon Still has the sampling, the history, and the system to succeed. He had an excellent showing of physicality at pro day, and will likely fall right into the hands of a revamped Denver defense with all sorts of Hell up front.